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

Description: Two men stand on top of a line of damaged railroad freight cars. Another man sits on the top of a freight car while several men below sort through debris. To the right of the train cars a long warehouse building has been destroyed. Metal and wooden debris and a number of dark barrels line the railroad tracks. In the distance on the right a number of the storage tanks from the Richardson-Republic tank farm can be seen, many of which have visible crushing and compression damage. The number "#42" is written in the lower right hand corner.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph

[Aerial view of refinery structures after the 1947 Texas City disaster]

Description: An aerial view of Republic's refinery facilities after the 1947 Disaster. In the foreground, the large spherical liquid petroleum tank has been visibly damaged on the left and top portions of the sphere. A spiralling stairway runs from the ground to the top of the tank. Behind the tank are other refinery pipelines and structures, and a line of freight cars.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph

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

Description: A line of freight cars parallels a road alongside twisted and warped metal framework from pier buildings. Three or four train cars are overturned and have sustained heavy damage. Metal and wood debris is scattered in the foreground. An automobile is parked on the road just left of the center of the image. The number "#14" is written in the lower right hand corner.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph

[Large piece of metal debris after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: A large piece of metal debris lies on the ground in front of a building after the Texas City disaster. In the background, a four-wheeled flat vehicle or wagon stands in front of the building which appears to be missing part of its siding. To the right of the vehicle, a pole leans over a pile of wooden boards or ties.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph

[Damaged warehouse after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: A row of four warehouses stands alongside railroad tracks. The metal framework appears intact, but the first two buildings are missing much of the metal siding covering the sides and ends of the buildings. Large pieces of corrugated metal debris lie in front and along the side of the front building. Piles of an agricultural product stored in cloth bags and stacked in uniform piles can be seen inside the front building. Toward the side rear of the front building four men are gathered in a small group looking at something on the ground. In the foreground, between sets of railroad tracks, a bicycle wheel and two wooden railroad ties lie scattered on the ground. Two water towers are visible on the far left horizon. The number "#35" is written in the lower right hand corner.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph

[Pipelines and freight cars near the piers after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Eight long piplines run toward the storage tank farm in the background. The pipelines are twisted and bent, and pieces of corrugated metal and other debris are scattered between the pipelines and heaped along the right side. Farther right, a line of damaged freight cars stands near a long, large structure with a metal framework, apparently part of the metal structure of the pier building. On the left of the pipelines is a road on which are two automobiles. Another long section of metal framework from a damaged pier structure is at the far left. Part of the structure has fallen. A cloud of smoke rises on the horizon about mid-picture.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph

[Two locomotives and power plant debris after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Two damaged steam locomotives sit amid metal and wooden debris from the power plant and shop buildings damaged in the concussion from the explosions. A large smokestack is visible behind the rightmost locomotive, but the structure next to it is heavily damaged with only the metal structural frame standing. To the right rear, only parts of one wall of a building remain standing; the rest of the building has been destroyed down to within a few feet of the foundation level. Behind the leftmost locomotive, which has the number "29" visible on its front, is the edge of a water tower. On the right in the foreground is a fire hydrant with a wooden box on a post above it with one side forming an open door. Inside the box can be seen a folded water hose and nozzle with one end of the hose attached to the hydrant below. A wrench is attached to the valve on the top of the hydrant. The number "27" is written in the lower right hand corner of the picture.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph

[Damaged storage tanks after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: A view of fourteen round storage tanks taken from across a dirt road lined with power poles. One power line is down, lying in the road. Debris is strewn on the ground in the foreground. Across the road near the storage tanks, pipes of varying sizes lie broken and bent on the ground. A number of the storage tanks have visible compression crushing and denting damage. A spherical butane/LPG tank is visible on the far right. Behind the tanks, two tall water towers are visible.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph

[Damaged storage tanks after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: A view of part of the storage tank farm after the Texas City Disaster. Five round storage tanks and a butane/liquid petrolem gas sphere storage tank can be seen. The two tanks on the far right show significant crushing on the tops and sides of the tank. The second tank on the left has a section on the left crushed inward.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph

[Repairing the railroad tracks after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: A group of about 15 men are working to clear and repair railroad tracks. Two parallel sets of tracks are visible. On the left, a flatbed rail vehicle holds railroad ties. Ahead of it on the tracks is a freight car holding several large rectangular forms. Small groups of men work along the other set of tracks, picking up debris, and replacing railroad ties. Some metal and wooden debris is visible along the tracks. Ahead of the workers on the tracks sits a badly damaged locomotive. To the right of the tracks are stacks of rectangular wooden structures stacked in piles. Some piles have been toppled. A large metal hook, suspended from a wheel and pulley, is visible on the far right. The number "#41" is written in the lower right corner.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph

[Damaged warehouse after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Five men stand talking to two policemen in front of a large two-story warehouse badly damaged in the explosion. The building has no roof, and on the second story, the walls are caved inward. Windows have been blown out. Three sets of railroad tracks run alongside the building. A large construction crane stands on the tracks near far right corner of the building, assisting in debris removal. At the far end several men and a vehicle are working in the debris. The number "#15" is written in the lower right corner.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph

[Damaged storage tanks after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: A closeup view of a damaged round storage tank after the Texas City Disaster. The sides and top have been crushed in. Twisted interior metal supports can be seen in the gap. Behind this damaged tank are five other tanks in rows. One of those tanks near the top of the picture shows visible crushing along the top. In the far left corner, parts of the refinery structures can be seen.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph

[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

[Military personnel looking at damaged machinery after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Military personnel look at the ruins of machinery and vehicles near the railroad tracks. One man looks directly at the camera while two others look away. In the foreground, the chassis and part of a tank remain of a four-wheeled vehicle. Behind it to the left, the remains of a large tracked vehicle, perhaps a crane, stand amid metal debris. Cables and metal struts extend upward above this ruined vehicle. A large, ruined engine sits on top of the debris. In the background, on raised railroad tracks, two lines of freight cars stand. Damage is visible to the tops and sides of the front row of cars.
Date: 1947
Item Type: Photograph

[Near the water towers after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Two water towers sit on stilts near the railroad tracks after the Texas City Disaster. Building rubble, barrels, and metal debris are extend over most of the middle portion of the picture. To the far left, a line of tank cars sit on a track. On the right, on a rail road track, a destroyed railroad car sits with most of its sides missing. A large pile of twisted metal debris lies on the railroad tracks behind it. On the far right is the grain elevator. On the horizon in the middle of the picture is the Seatrain crane. The tops of refinery facilities are barely visible on the horizon. Black smoke is coming from beyond the line of tanker cars, blowing from left to right. The number "34" is written in the lower right hand corner.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph

[Smokestack and ruined power plant after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: An smokestack stands to the right of the ruins of a metal frame building in the middle of the picture. The building evidently housed a power plant. Three rows of train cars are visible behind and to the left of the metal framework. On the right of the smokestack are parts of two walls and large quantities of debris that are all that remain of a brick building. In front of the power plant are large amounts of twisted metal debris and a small ruined shed with a number of metal barrels. Debris is scattered over two parallel railroad tracks in the foreground. Downed and drooping power lines hang from two power poles. Three men are walking through the debris. The number "18" is written in the lower right hand corner of the photograph.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph

[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

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

Description: Taken from ground level, this photograph shows a large grain elevator in the background with a damaged metal conveyor lying twisted on the ground in front, and with railroad tracks in the foreground. On the right, the rear cylindrical silo of of the grain elevator has crumbled at the top and shows heavy damage on the right side. Windows have been blown out on the elevator, and the long structure atop the 12 cylindrical silos of grain elevator has one section caved in. Damage on the rear tower part of the elevator is also evident. Supports for an elevated conveyer belt encased in a metal grided structure have collapsed, and the elevated structure lies damaged and twisted on the ground. Four trucks, at least three of which have open beds, stand alongside this structure. Approximately 10 men, some in hard hats, are looking at the damage. A large container with a cross decal and a large water dispenser sit near a small group of men. Three sets of railroad tracks run across the photo in the foreground. Between the tracks and the trucks is a stack of long wooden beams. The number "#17" is written in the lower right corner.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph

[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

[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

[Damaged storage tanks after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Two storage tanks sit on a strip of land between two retention basins full of water. One tank, in the middle of the picture, has exploded and is completed destroyed. Another tank to its right is heavily dented with compression damage especially visible along the top. In the distance are other refinery structures and other storage tanks. To the far left is a long piece of metal debris, possibly from the destroyed storage tank, with the number "325" on the debris.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph

[Interior view of a damaged storage tank after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: An interior view of the top of a metal cylindrical storage tank. Metal structural supports hang twisted and broken on the left side, lower left, and right middle portions of the photograph. Other interior metal suports are twisted and bent. There is a hole in the left center portion of the top of the tank near the side/top joining.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph