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[Aerial view of the burning Monsanto plant after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: An aerial view from the north of part of the Monsanto refinery and processing compound with flames visible in several areas and huge clouds of very dark smoke covering most of the photograph. Storage tanks, pipeline control facilities, and two towers can be identified. On the far right in the background are two water towers. The number "#46" is written in the lower right corner.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Damaged warehouse after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: A view from outside looking through a damaged warehouse. The metal framework appears to be intact but much of the covering of the front and back walls has been destroyed. Piles of a product stored in cloth bags of uniform size sit in stacks in the warehouse. A line of freight cars, many heavily damaged, sit on a railroad track along the right side the building. Large pieces of debris are scattered in front of the building. There is a large light colored object in the foreground lying on the ground. It seems to be either a piece of concrete with large chunks of aggregate, or a loose pile of material of similar appearance. The number "#37" is written in the lower right hand corner.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Aerial view of the port area before the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: An aerial view of the Texas City port before the 1947 Texas City Disaster. The grain elevator, a tank farm, the port facilities, the Monsanto building, the Seatrain loading crane, a smokestack, some refinery facilities and some residential housing can be seen. The print has a handwritten caption at the top: "Texas City Disaster photograph."
Date: April 15, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Looking toward the grain elevator after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Stacks of wooden forms lined up in a row awaiting shipping. Some of the stacks have been toppled. To the far left is a large column of smoke blowing left to right. The grain elevator and a smokestack are visible in the rear center. Utililty poles, some with visibly damaged lines hanging down, are visible throughout the scene. To the right of the grain elevator, structures of twisted open metal frameworks can be seen, near a damaged building. The number "#32" is written in the lower right hand corner.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Aerial view of Nessler pool in the early 1950s]

Description: An aerial view of the Nessler swimming pool. Many people are in the pool. A few people are on or near three sets of bleachers along the side of the pool. To the left of the pool is a tennis court with about ten people playing or watching tennis. A bus and a truck are parked near the building near the front of the pool. Approximately 20 cars are parked in a cleared lot near the street. On the reverse side of the photograph is written: "Nessler Pool" (early 1950's)
Date: 1952~
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Near the grain elevator after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: This photograph is taken from a raised perspective looking toward the grain elevator and the railroad shed, probably from on top of a line of freight train cars at the far right. Wood and metal debris is scattered over tracks. Roof and side damage is visible on the line of freight cars. At the far left is the destroyed power plant and sheds with only parts of some walls standing. Two steam locomotives, with their fuel and water tenders behind them, are facing the camera and between the fork lift and grain elevator. The headlight for backing up can be seen on the slope of the water tank on the engine to the left. The footboard for the brakemen to ride upon is visible below the coupler. A truck sits underneath a raised conveyor system crossing a number of railroad tracks. The grain elevator has no glass in most of the windows, and has sustained damage to a wall of a smaller section of the elevator nearest the ruined building. To the left of the grain elevator, a shed with three train cars inside is attached to the grain elevator. Part of a wheeled vehicle sits amid other debris in the left front corner. The number "#2" is written in the lower right hand corner.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Damaged warehouse after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: A large warehouse stands along a dirt road. The metal structure of the building remains, but much of the covering material for the walls is gone. The roof shows large holes where the roofing material is gone. The corner of another similar building can be seen behind this building. It too has visible holes in the walls. Large pieces of debris lie scattered in front of the main building. To the right of the building stands a bent power pole. A line of freight cars sits in front of two storage tanks on tower structures and one large round storage tank. The number "#39" is written in the lower right hand corner.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Stores on 6th Street in Texas City ]

Description: Five cars are parked along a street in front of a long building holding small stores. The store signs read : "Jeweler Hetherington", "Westinghouse Appliances Farmer Bros.", "Allan's Shoes" and "Prescriptions Pharmacy." There is a woman standing looking into the window of the shoe store with other people nearby mostly hidden behind a car; a man in a suit and hat walks along the sidewalk in front of the pharmacy.
Date: 1947~
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[A damaged storage tank after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: A large round metal storage tank shows compression damage with the top and edges pushed in. In the background are other storage tanks from the tank farm. Several of these storage tanks show compression damage. Two large raised tanks on towers, perhaps water towers, are also in the background. Small pieces of metal debris are scattered in the field in the foreground.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Downtown businesses before the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: A view of part of the business district in Texas City before the 1947 Texas City Disaster. Cars are parked along both sides of the street and are driving down the roads of a four-way intersection. Stores and businesses line the right side of the streets. On the left side a large flag pole stands near the corner. Down the left side of the street, a two-story building can be seen. People are walking or standing along the sidewalks in front of the stores. A bus is pulled up near one corner of the intersection. On the far right, the two nearest businesses have signs which read "Clar[r?]'s Liquor Store" and "Lucas Cafe." Further down the street are signs reading "Plaza Hotel" and "Nusbaum's."
Date: 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Inside a refinery facility after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: An inside view of a refinery facility after the Texas City Disaster. The concrete floor has a large hole in it, with cracks running from the hole. Four large cylindrical tanks are stacked vertically, with many pipes and valves connected to the unit. A large pipe hangs down, with the broken end of the pipe crushed in. Above the tanks other broken pipes and cables can be seen hanging downward.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Texas City High School in 1947]

Description: A photograph of Texas City High School about 1947, located at 14th Avenue and 6th Street. This building later became Blocker Middle School and a new High School was built on 9th Avenue.
Date: 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Damaged warehouse and freight cars after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: A long open metal framework structure runs along the border of a dirt road. The metal structures are the twisted and warped frameworks of fire and concussion damaged dock warehouses. The support columns of the buildings on the road side are damaged but still vertical, whereas the structures behind that have been crushed and have collapsed. To the right in the distance sits a line of train cars on tracks alongside the structures. The end car is heavily damaged, and one car is flipped on its side. A line of power poles runs along the road, with the power lines down. The second pole on the right is bent away from the observer. Debris is scattered along the road and the in the foreground. The number "#19" is written in the lower right hand corner.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Debris along the railroad tracks after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: A long, large pile of pipe, metal and wooden debris covers much of a set of railroad tracks. On a parallel track to the right is a set of freight cars partially blocked from sight by the pile of debris. Two water towers stand in the background. In the foreground lies another heap of metal and wood debris. Heavy black clouds of smoke hang over the scene. Wooden utility or power poles with damaged lines can be seen along both the right and left sides of the photograph.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Damaged buildings near the refineries after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: A view of damaged buildings near the refinery area after the explosion. An gravel or shell one-lane roadway crosses the lower portion of the picture, running in front of a wire fence with an open walkway. One wooden structure has collapsed with the roofing framework tilted to the ground on the left. A large section of wooden wall leans against the lower right edge of the roof. Behind is another wooden structure leaning to the left. In the middle of the picture, a one-story brick (or faux brick) structure stands with windows blown out and the roof caved in at the front. Behind these structures are round petroleum storage tanks, several of which have large clouds of very black smoke rising from them. At the left can be seen a number of refinery structures, a tower and overhead pipelines. Heavy black smoke is coming from within the refinery compound. Two cars are visible at the far left. A large piece of metal and other debris lies in the grass in front of the access road with a small toy truck in the foreground. An overturned barrel lies near the fence.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Destroyed warehouse after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Closeup view of the foundation of a brick building, which has been completely destroyed, with only a very small amount of a brick wall and a corner surviving. Bricks, broken pipes, and cables lay scattered over the foundation. Behind the destroyed building on the right is another large building, still standing, but with heavy structural damage. On the left side, a row of freight train cars, loaded with structural forms sits behind a section of extra railroad wheels. A row of four vehicles, apparently small trucks of some type, sit between the foundations of two buildings. On the right, another truck is parked amid the rubble. Heavy clouds of dark smoke hang over the scene. The number "#9" is written in the lower right-hand corner.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[On board ship during the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: This photograph is taken looking up at the top deck of a cargo ship. A man climbs down a rope-and-chain ladder. Another two men are visible on deck to the right of a life boat. Large clouds of smoke are beginning to obscure the top deck.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Damaged railroad tracks near the docks after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Two damaged open-top freight cars (gondolas) loaded with rectangular wooden forms sit on a elevated wooden train track. The tracks appear to be on a wharf structure extending out to a dock. Wooden debris is densely scattered in the foreground in front of the tracks and is evidently floating in water in a channel. The front end of the track structure has collapsed and the front car is tilted downward. The forms in the freight cars have also been damaged. Two men are looking down from the raised part of the track.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Looking toward the fire at the docks during the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: A view showing the Seatrain loading crane and the old sugar refinery down by the docks. Vehicles line both sides of the road leading toward the docks, where large clouds of heavy black smoke can be seen coming from the dock area, presumably from the Grandcamp burning before the first explosion.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Debris along the railroad tracks after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: At least five sets of railroad tracks run across the photograph. Debris lies scattered around the ground. What looks like two shovels from a crane lie face down on the ground along a track. In the background are a damaged round storage tank, a damaged building near the smokestack, two water towers, and a long pile of debris heaped in front of a train of freight cars. Lines sag in places from wooden utility or power poles. Heavy smoke hangs over the scene. The number "#33" is written in the lower right hand corner.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library