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[Airplanes at a small airport]

Description: At the far left, one small biplane sits on a runway. Two men are near that plane. Off the runway, in the grass, is a small airplane with a prop engine on the right wing. It's call number is NC65212. There are barrels and what appears to be an engine part near the plane. Further in the distance is another small plane parked in the grass.
Date: 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Damaged houses after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Four one-story houses in a residential area show visible damage after the 1947 Texas City Disaster. On the far left, the house shows roof damage. The house second from the left has a partially collapsed roof, and part of the front wall is detached and leaning forward. A car sits in front of the house second from the right, which has had all windows and doors blown out. The house on the far right also shows window and door damage. Boards and building debris is scattered in front of the houses.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Storage tanks and refinery facilities after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: The view is from an elevation looking down and out at three large round storage tanks, two large buildings, one smaller building and some processing structures with two smaller cylindrical storage tanks. The round storage tanks have compression damage, showing portions of their perimeter and/or tops pushed in. Roof damage is evident on both the larger buildings. A railroad track and a dirt road run across the foreground of the image. Another road in the middle, with a parked automobile, separates the nearer buildings from the storage tanks.
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

[Industrial damage near the storage tanks after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: The photograph was taken from a raised position looking down. A field of storage tanks is in the background with compression damage visible on several of the tanks. In front of the tanks is a long one story building with visible roof and window damage. Very large, long storage tanks and a type of control facility are on the right. Four smokestacks, storage tanks and a large two-story building are visible at the far left. Railroad tracks, power lines, and pipelines run diagonally across the lower portion of the photograph.
Date: April 16, 1947
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

[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

[Train near the grain elevator after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: A line of damaged freight cars runs horizontally across the image in front of a large grain elevator. The topmost edge of the nearest end of the grain elevator is missing, and damage is evident at other places on the structure. In front of the train tracks stand two large power poles. One pole has snapped into several drooping pieces. In the foreground, metal debris and a hose lie scattered over other sets of tracks. Wooden and metal debris are visible on the embankment leading up to the train tracks with the train cars. In the left foreground of the picture, the front part of a construction tractor can be seen with its bulldozer type blade on the ground. The number "#6" 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: 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

[Damaged dock, pipelines and freight cars near the port after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Four raised pipelines run out to ship docks and loading facilities on the right side of a water channel. The pipelines and their supports have collapsed not far out from the shoreline. Pipelines and wooden pilings from a ruined dock lie twisted and broken. Metal and wooden debris is scattered along the pipelines. On the other side of the channel is a line of railroad cars. Toward the outer end of the tracks, large metal structures from a covered track or conveyor system has collapsed over the rail cars. Heavy damage is visible to the railroad cars and the metal structure. The entire area seems to have had extensive fire damage. In the lower right corner, a man with elbows resting in the open front passenger window of an automobile is talking to two men inside the car. The number "#11" is written on the photo.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

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

Description: The grain elevator stands in the middle of the image. Some damage is visible at the top of the structure sitting above the 12 cylindrical silos, and to the side and top of the last rear silo. The tower part of the grain elevator shows damage to the rear walls. In the left middle, in front of the grain elevator, a power plant and shop buildings have been destroyed, with only parts of two walls standing and metal framework standing near the smokestack. Piles of debris lie to the left front of the grain elevator. Two trucks and two treaded construction vehicles stand along the road. Debris is scattered in the foreground. An elevated steel structure enclosing a conveyor system has partially collapsed in front of the grain elevator.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Damaged storage tanks and refinery structures after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Beyond a chain link security fence, huge clouds of white and black smoke rise from burning structures. A tall tower unit stands at the far left. In front of it, a wooden structure has collapsed and lies on the ground. In the lower center of the picture, a round storage tank burns. It is heavily damaged, and the access scaffolding attached to it is bent and warped. Further to the right, two identical round cylindrical tanks stand, with no visible damage. To the right, pipelines lie tangled and twisted. Apparently undamaged, utility power poles cross the picture with lines still attached.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[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

[Hearses waiting to be used after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Rows of hearses are lined up alongside a one-story white building and the road that leads to it. A small group of men stand outside one of the hearses on the road. A larger group of men stand on the porch of the building. Low clouds, or possibly smoke, hang in the sky over the scene.
Date: April 16, 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

[Broken window in a church after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Seen from inside a church, a man is standing on a window sill of a tall window on the right. He is reaching up removing jagged pieces of the glass remaining in the window. On the left, a statue depicting Jesus Christ stands on a shelf above a small altar. A candle in a candleholder, two small votive candles and a dish of flowers sit on the altar which is near the front of the Church, behind the wooden communion rail gates. Hanging on the wall on the right is a depiction of the 14th Station from the Stations of the Cross, showing the placement of Jesus' body in the tomb after the crucifixion.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[A view of the port from a residential area after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: This photograph was taken from above street level from the post office located at the NW corner of 6th Street and 3rd Avenue, looking toward the port. At a four-way intersection with a stoplight, two policemen direct traffic. Some refinery facilities and the grain elevator are visible in the distance and clouds of dark smoke flow from left to right. Approximately 20 cars are visible, driving along the streets or parked along the roadsides. Two women walk down a street. Three men stand at a corner facing toward the port. An official stands with one policeman watching traffic go by. Diagonally across the interstection are several empty lots, but a number of houses, one large industrial building and a store are visible in the distance. The store, located on the corner of the next street, has signage on it that reads "Cookies. Grocery & Market, CocaCola". Two portable signs are on short poles at entrance of street headed to port area on the left. The legible sign on the right reads "One way, do not enter."
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Aerial view of refinery structures, storage tanks, and port facilities after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: An aerial view of the port area of Texas City after the explosions. Residences can be seen in the lower right corner. Beyond and to the left of those homes are refinery structures. Beyond those structures are the piers and docks of the port area. Thick heavy clouds of black smoke come from burning storage tanks to the right of the docks. Thick white smoke comes from the dock areas. Through a gap between the black and white smoke streams can be seen a number of storage tanks.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Railroad cars near the grain elevator after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Two damaged freight train boxcars sit on a railroad track on the right. In front of the train cars are the remains of a truck and scattered metal debris of various kinds. The top portion of a smoke stack can be seen behind the train cars. A grain elevator stands on the left and beyond the train. Most of the glass in the windows of the grain elevator have been blown out. There is a vertical cylindrical tank in front of the grain elevator. To the left of the tank sit three boxcars side-by-side in bays under a metal roofed structure supported by pillars. On the left there is visible the top of a of a damaged wall extending out from the elevator. The number "#11" is in the lower right hand corner of the print.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Locomotive and debris after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: A railroad locomotive sits surrounded by debris. The debris appears to be mostly metal, and includes corrugated sheets, poles and structural supports. Three power poles are visible, with damaged wires hanging from the pole on the far left. A fenced enclosure is in the middle far right of the picture with damaged fencing. Heavy smoke is visible in the sky. The number "#1" is visible in the lower right hand corner.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library