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[The Altar Monument in Memorial Park in Texas City]

Description: A close-up view of the Altar memorial at Memorial Park in Texas City. A stone book lies open on a stone altar. On the front of the memorial is engraved "In memoriam those who lost their lives in the Texas City Disaster of April 16, 1947". On the back of the photograph is typed "A stone altar was part of the original cemetery and remains as part of the restoration and enhancement completed in 1991."
Date: 1991
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[A commercial building in Texas City]

Description: An unidentified two-story commercial building stands on the northwest corner of Texas Avenue and Third Street in Texas City. Line markers for parking places are visible in the foreground, so the building is in the business district, although the building on the left was a residence. Three identical signs are posted on the floor-to-ceiling ground floor windows on the left end of the building. To the left of the building, pipes and other materials lie on the ground near another two-story building. To the far right of the picture a sign reading "Frank's Taxi Service" hangs on the side of another building that was once a pawn shop. A car is driving down the street.
Date: c. 1940 - 1950
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[James Franklin Bell]

Description: A formal portrait of James Franklin Bell in a civilian, three-piece suit. Wording on front of photo in script (apparently a facsimile of Bell's signature): "J. F. Bell". Wording on photo lower left corner: "G[?]ianca Fonti". A symbol composed of a small "s" and a capital "F" is located directly under the name.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[The Angel statue at Memorial Park honoring the Texas City firefighters lost in the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: A close-up photograph of the Italian marble angel statue in Memorial Park which honors the Texas City firefighters killed in the 1947 Texas City Disaster. An angel stands on a pedestal with an inscription which is covered by a bouquet of flowers sitting on the ground. Behind the statue, part of the reflecting pool and another monument can be seen. On the back of the photograph is the following caption: "An Italian marble angel honors the Texas City Firefighters lost in the explosion."
Date: 1960~
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Loading a casket into a hearse before the mass funeral service for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Four men load a casket into a hearse in preparation for the the mass funeral service for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster held in Memorial Park on June 22, 1947. At the far right, another man reads a piece of paper in front of another hearse, with a partial license plate of "MORA HE 3 Tex"
Date: June 22, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Loading a casket into a hearse for the mass funeral service for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Four pallbearers load a decorated casket into the back of a hearse in preparation for the mass funeral service for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster held at Memorial Park on June 22, 1947. The license plate on the hearse is FT 3925 Texas - 47. A row of hearses is parked near the building at Camp Wallace being used as a mortuary.
Date: June 22, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Ambulances ready to respond after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Two military soldiers, and a civilian man and woman talk beside a military ambulance after the 1947 Texas City Disaster. The woman is writing on a set of papers. The vehicle in the forefront has a large cross on a white background on the side of the vehicle, and the word "ambulance" on the top front. It's vehicle number is stenciled on the top front of the hood as "745745". The identification "32m" is stenciled on the right front bumper. Another military ambulance is parked next to the first ambulance in front of a large building, possibly the High School Gymnasium, with many of its windows blown out. The back door of the front- most ambulance is open, and a stretcher can be seen.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[An American Red Cross truck provides refreshments for rescue workers after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Five rescue workers stand in front of a Red Cross canteen truck. Two women are handing out coffee and food to the workers. On the side of the vehicle is lettered "American Red Cross Galveston County Chapter." At the far right in the background is the grain elevator with visible damage to the top part of the structure. Clouds of smoke fill the sky.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Checking the wreckage near the Longhorn II after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Four men look at the wreckage at a pier alongside the Longhorn II after the explosions. At least two of the men appear to be military personnel. Metal and wooden debris covers the foreground. The Longhorn II is at the pier behind the men. Above it is the Seatrain loading crane with visible damage. Behind that is the Monsanto plant building with only the metal framework remaining.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Clouds of smoke over the business district after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Two lines of stores and small businesses line a wide street in the business district. Cars are parked at an angle to the curbs on both sides of the street. Very heavy black smoke blankets the far end of the street. Signs on the nearest two businesses on the left read "[C]ity [C]afe" and "Edwards Jewelry". The nearest business on the right displays a sign that says "Berkley's [illegible]".
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[A damaged building and automobile after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: A man in uniform and another man look at a damaged white car parked at the curb at the intersection of two streets in the business district. The two-story building behind the parked car has been badly damaged on the two sides facing the corner of the intersection. Windows have been blown out of the building, and building rubble has fallen on the sidewalk on both sides. There are three other parked automobiles visible in the picture. Signs in front of a building (unseen except for a small portion of the roof) on the nearest (southeastern?) right side of the intersection read: "Texas City Loan Co., Jewelry Luggage Clothing" and "Loans, Liquor". There is also a short post used as a street sign with "Texas Ave" on the side of the post designating the street in which the photographer is standing, and "N(?) 3 St" on the side for the intersecting street.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[The damaged Texas Hotel after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: A two-story building with the words "Texas Hotel" on the front shows damage after the 1947 Texas City Disaster. Windows and doors have been blown out, and pieces of window frames and screens are leaning against the front of the building. A car is parked near the side entrance to the hotel.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[A druggist on duty after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: A woman slacks and a sweater and holding a pair of white gloves stands in front of a store with the front windows boarded up and one door open. Handmade signs at the door read "Druggist on duty" and "Fountain closed". On the right side, in what would have been the display shelf in the front window of the store, sits a keg with the numeral "48" on it and five glass drink or milk bottles. On the sidewalk below the window are two large round metal cans with handles, perhaps milk cans, one with the initials "STDP" on the side. There is a hose running from the window to behind one of the cans. Another object, perhaps a rectangular can, is partially visible behind the round can on the right. The woman has cuts and abrasions on her face.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[A drugstore after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Huge clouds of dark smoke are visible behind and to the left of a commercial building with two store fronts visible. A sign in front of the store on the left reads, in part, "Public Drugs". Windows on the drugstore are boarded closed. In front of the store is a scales. The other store on the right is also boarded up. These buildings were located on the south side of the 300 block of Texas Avenue.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[The Longhorn II aground after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: The Longhorn II rests aground after the 1947 Texas City Disaster. A large portion of twisted ship's hull is near its front end. A covered truck, probably an Army vehicle, sits near the back end. Several men walk near the boat between a parked automobile and road-clearing equipment. In the background, on the far right are two damaged multi-story buildings. The damaged building on the left has only the metal structure of the upper floor visible. The white building on the far right has lost all windows. A flag flies at half mast from a pole near the white building. Clouds of gray smoke rise from behind the buildings.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[The Longhorn II aground after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: The Longhorn II rests aground near the Seatrain loading crane after the 1947 Texas City Disaster. A large chunk of damaged ship's hull sits at the far left, between two parked automobiles and the Longhorn II. In the distance on the left can be seen some refinery tower structures. Debris is scattered in the foreground, including an tire, metal pieces and wooden beams.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[The Longhorn II aground after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: A wide view of devastation in the dock area with rescue workers searching the debris and firefighters fighting the fires after the 1947 Texas City Disaster. Debris is visible in the water. The ship, the Longhorn II, rests onshore just right of center, pushed aground in the aftermath of the explosions. At the far left, a boat with the call letters "CO-84309" is moored just off shore near the rescue and firefighting efforts. Two water towers stand in the distance beyond the rescue workers. In the foreground at the far right, portions of the Seatrain loading crane and its operating mechanism can be seen. The photograph is taken looking across the slip from the Seatrain loading crane.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[The Longhorn II washed ashore after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: The cargo ship Longhorn II sits on land down near the wharves. Twisted metal structures can be seen on deck. Men are working on deck. Other men are walking along the wharf and pier area looking at damage. Wooden and metal debris is scattered all along the shoreline, and debris covers the surface of the water down by the piers. The wooden pier structure along the shore has been destroyed. A piece of machinery sits near the edge of the shore in the foreground. The top of a large crane is visible in the distance behind the ship.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Longhorn II washed ashore during the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: One end of the cargo ship Longhorn II, washed ashore onto dry ground from the explosion of the Grandcamp at the North Slip, is seen up close. The end of the boat overhangs a curved section of railroad track. Visible under the overhanging end is a sign which reads "No parking along fence" with more, larger debris piled to the right. Some damage to the lower hull on the right side is visible. Two men stand underneath the end of the boat looking at the ship. A man in uniform, either from a law enforcement or military agency, stands to the left of the tracks looking away.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Looking toward the port from the Post Office after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: The flag at the Post Office flies at half mast while in the background clouds of black and white smoke rise from fires down near the port. Taken from a level above the ground floor, looking down the wide street alongside the post office, one can see to the grain elevator and the water tower in the far background. Cars are parked along the street. Signs of the stores and businesses lining the street read as follows: "Agee's Drugs", "J. R. Smith Co.", "Cookies, Grocery & Market, CocaCola."
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[People and hearses line up outside the temporary morgue after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Vehicles of all kinds, including hearses, are parked in parking spots, on the grass and on the roadways. The photographer is looking across a vacant lot toward a side street that intersects with a street lined with businesses. People are standing in groups waiting. Signs on identifiable businesses read "Michaels", and "Desoto Plymouth." A billboard near one of the buildings reads "On this site will be The White House."
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library