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[The Altar Monument in Memorial Park in Texas City]
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."
[The Davison home after restoration]
A front view of the Davison house after restoration. The house has three stories, a front porch, and a gabled tower. A flag pole stands on the far left in the front yard with a flag flying.
[Col. Hugh B. Moore and another Army officer in France]
A full length portrait of Col. Hugh B. Moore in Army uniform with hands behind his back. On his right, stands an unknown Army officer with crossed arms.
[Col. Hugh B. Moore and Army officers]
Five Army officers in uniform and three civilian gentlemen in suits stand in front of an industrial building. The officer second from the left is identified on the back of the photograph as "General Harboard [or perhaps Harbvard] ." Col. Hugh B. Moore, in civilian clothes stands next to him on the right. On the back of the photograph is written :"No. 1 - General Harboard 2- H B Moore". The General is most likely James G. Harbord, variously spelled as Harboard in some reference sources.
[Col. Hugh B. Moore and guest at the cabin]
Col. Hugh B. Moore, dressed in hiking clothes, sits on a rock slab in front of the Moore cabin at the Rainy Day Ranch. Behind Col. Moore is an outside fireplace with a large stone chimney. A piece of folk art can be seen above the fireplace. An unknown man, also dressed in hiking clothes, sits to the left of Col. Moore.
[General Frederick Funston]
Photograph is a portrait of a U.S. army office wearing a full dress uniform two stars on shoulder epaulets and "U.S." designation on collar. The photo appears to be an official Army officer portrait, taken from mid-chest up and in slight profile. Wording on photo back: "B Funston, Frederick #32." Funston commanded the 2d Division, U.S. Army in Texas City.
[Gottfried Moller]
A photograph of a sketch of Gottfried Moller, dressed in a dark suit, white shirt and dark string tie. The sketch is taped to a wooden background, probably a wall.
[James Franklin Bell]
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.
[Julia Cornelia Wilcox]
A portrait of Julia Cornelia Wilcox, wearing a dark, high-necked pleated blouse with a brooch at the neckline. She is wearing her hair up in a bun.
[Major General William H. Carter]
An official portrait of a military officer in uniform. Wording on photo back: "General Carter" His wearing a military hat and wire rimmed eyeglasses, and has a full moustache.
[A portrait of a young Helen Edmunds Moore]
A portrait of Helen Edmunds Moore as a teenager. She wears a long-sleeved white blouse with large cuffs over her long sleeves and a long white skirt. A pocket watch is pinned to her blouse and a small piece of jewelry is pinned at her neck. She stands with her right hand held behind her back. On the matte frame of the photograph is printed "Naschke 15th & Church Sts. Galveston, Texas."
[A portrait of Col. Hugh B. Moore]
A portrait of Hugh B. Moore in a dark suit and bow tie. He has his arms crossed and is looking at the camera.
[A portrait of Col. Hugh Benton Moore in uniform]
A portrait of Col. Hugh Benton Moore in his Army uniform. Col. Moore is seated, with his right knee crossed over the left knee and his hands in his lap.
[A portrait of Helen Edmunds Moore]
A portrait of Helen Moore, probably during her debutante days. She is wearing an off-the-shoulder formal gown. The photograph is a profile of her left side. On the back of the photograph is written: "Helen Moore.'
[A portrait of Helen Edmunds Moore]
A formal portrait of Helen Edmunds Moore looking toward the left. Mrs. Moore is seated in an upholstered chair with arms. She holds an open book in her hand, and wears a single strand of pearls, a brooch and a bar pin, over a pleated skirt ensemble. She is wearing a short hairstyle, pinned back on the sides. From other photographs and the style of the clothes Mrs. Moore is wearing, it appears that this portrait was taken during the period of her service with the Texas Legislature (1928-1936).
[A portrait of Helen Edmunds Moore]
A formal portrait of a young Helen Edmunds Moore. She is wearing an off-the shoulder white or pastel dress with a dark ribbon tied in front. Her hair is worn up on top of her head. The portrait appears to be a debutante, or coming-out, photograph.
[Solomon Parr]
A photograph of Solomon Parr in a dark suit and white shirt. The print is a photograph of a photographic print taped to a wooden background, probably a wall.
[Helen Edmunds Moore in her later years]
A close-up photograph of Helen Moore in her later years. Mrs. Moore is wearing a tweed coat over a sweater. She is sitting down and has a black purse by her side. She wears a black beret-type hat and is wearing glasses. On the back of the photograph is written: "Taken by Dr. Verrett."
[The Angel statue at Memorial Park honoring the Texas City firefighters lost in the 1947 Texas City Disaster]
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."
[Memorial Park in Texas City]
A view of Memorial Park from outside the wall. The angel statue and the monument near the reflecting pool can be seen in the distance. Near the monument, several men are standing. A grounds-keeping truck is visible in the distance.
[Memorial Park in Texas City]
A view of the reflecting pool at Memorial Park. A monument stands at the far right, but the wording on the monument is not readable. In the background is a truck with four men working on landscaping around one of the walks.
[Memorial Park in Texas City]
A view of the reflecting pool at Memorial Park taken near the walkway and monument. Across the road can be seen houses and businesses.
[A young girl carrying flowers at a memorial service for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster]
A young girl dressed in good clothes holds a spray of flowers to place on a memorial in Memorial Park, recognizing the victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster. She stands between a raised plaque and the anchor monument in the park. In the background, other persons attending the memorial service can be seen.
[Helen Moore sitting at the base of a cliff in Frijoles Canyon, New Mexico]
Photograph of Helen Moore, wearing a dress and a hat, sits on rocks near a road at the base of a cliff at Frijoles Canyon, New Mexico. On the back of the photograph is written: "Frijoles Canyon, N. M. June 1, 1959."
[Aerial view of Nessler pool in the early 1950s]
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)
[At the mass funeral service for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster]
An honor guard carries in a coffin topped with flowers at the mass funeral service for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster held in Memorial Park on June 22, 1947. The honor guard is composed of both veterans and civilians. A large crowd watches as the coffin is brought in.
[At the mass funeral service for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster]
A large crowd gathers at the mass funeral service for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster. A clergyman is speaking from a temporary dais, surrounded by funeral wreaths while other clergymen, including a Catholic priest, and acolytes stand to the right of the platform.
[At the mass funeral service for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster]
A large crowd watches as honor guards carry in the caskets of unidentified victims of the 1940 Texas City Disaster at the mass funeral service on June 22, 1947, at Memorial Park. Identical caskets decorated with floral sprays are lined up in rows. An honor guard carries in a casket to start the fourth row. On the back of the photograph is written: "Mass burial - June 22, 1947 - unidentified remains - 63 indiv caskets attended by 5,000 people 197 Loop North/ 29th Street outside city."
[At the mass funeral service for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster]
An honor guard is placing a coffin in its designated location at the mass funeral service for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster held at Memorial Park on June 22, 1947. The coffin is being placed in the 8th spot of the 2nd row. Seventeen other identical coffins topped with flower sprays are already in place. A large crowd is gathered for the service, standing outside the roped-off area. On the back of the photograph is written: "Caskets were arranged in 3 rows - on either side of location of fountain - six rows all together Mass funeral 22 Jun 47."
[At the mass funeral service for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster]
Three identical coffins topped with flower sprays await burial at the mass funeral service for unidentified victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster held in Memorial Park on June 22, 1947. A group of five mourners gather near a coffin. Outside the fenced-in area, a number of people are gathered. At the far right a man stands on top of a truck. Just inside the fence on the far left is a man holding a camera. On the back of the photograph is written :"Mass funeral held June 22, 1947 at Memorial Cemetery - land that was purchased for the purpose of burying unidentified dead."
[Carrying a coffin in preparation for the mass funeral service for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster]
Identical coffins decorated with floral sprays are lined up on the porch of the temporary morgue building at Camp Wallace in Hitchcock. Four men dressed in suits carry one coffin to waiting hearses. On the back of the photograph is written: "This is a scene at Camp Wallace in Hitchcock, where the unclaimed bodies were stored in cold storage awaiting identification. The individual caskets were loaded into individual hearses loaned by over 50 funeral homes in southeast Texas. The man carrying casket on right front is John Irwin's brother - don't know name."
[Carrying in a coffin at the mass funeral service for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster]
An honor guard of three military men and one civilian carries in a coffin at the mass funeral service for the victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster held at Memorial Park on June 22, 1947. Rows of identical coffins are lined up at the burial site. Funeral wreaths stand at intervals near the coffins and each casket is decorated with a spray of flowers. A large crowd is gathered for the ceremony. In the background, round storage tanks and refinery structures can be seen.
[Clergymen prepare for the mass burial services for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster]
Clergymen from several faiths and acolytes stand near a platform and microphone waiting for the mass burial services to start on June 22, 1947. To the left stand funeral wreaths. Behind the clergymen can be seen a tall cross on a staff held by an acolyte. A large crowd stands behind the roped-off burial area.
[Coffins of victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster being lined up at the mass funeral service]
Pall bearers, or an honor guard (at least two of the men seem to be in uniform), carry in the casket of an unidentified victim of the 1947 Texas City Disaster at the mass funeral service on June 22, 1947. Two rows of identical caskets have already been brought in and two more caskets stand in a third row. A small group of clergymen awaits the casket. A large crowd of people stand behind a fence or spectator ropes on three sides of the burial site. Funeral wreaths stand at intervals around the caskets. The tops of parked vehicles are visible behind the crowd. In the far distance can be seen some refinery facilities.
[An honor guard carries in a coffin at the mass funeral service for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster]
Two honor guards composed of military and civilian pallbearers carry in coffins at the mass funeral service for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster held at Memorial Park on June 22, 1947. On both sides of the pathway, veterans and other men line the walkway. A large crowd has assembled for the service.
[An honor guard carrying in a casket at the mass burial service for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster]
An honor guard including two civilian and two military pallbearers carry a flower-draped casket at the mass burial service on for the victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster on June 22, 1947. Two rows of veterans standing at attention line the walkway. On the reverse of the photograph is written: "Honor guard (Veterans?) casket being borne to burial site."
[Loading a casket into a hearse before the mass funeral service for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster]
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"
[Loading a casket into a hearse for the mass funeral service for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster]
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.
[Mourners at the mass burial service for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster]
A row of caskets each bearing a funeral spray of flowers rests on boards at the grave site, evidently after the mass burial services for the victims of the Texas City Disaster. Six mourners are gathered standing or kneeling near the caskets. Behind them, funeral wreaths stand in front of a mound of dirt. Outside the fence, mourners return to their cars. A dump truck waits in the background.
[Mourners at the mass burial service for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster]
Mourners at the mass burial service held on June 22, 1947. Rev. F. M. Johnson of the First Baptist Church is standing on the far right. The two women in the middle of the picture are believed to be Angela Garza on the left and Mrs. Saragosa on the right."
[Mourners near the caskets at the mass funeral service for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster]
Rows of identical caskets topped with sprays of flowers are waiting for burial at the interdenominational funeral services conducted at Memorial Park on June 22, 1947 for victims of the 1947 Texas City. Persons walk between the rows, and a large crowd is visible in the background. On the back of the photograph is written: "Mass funeral 6/22/47 Inter-denominational".
[Preparing for burial at the mass funeral service for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster]
Men ready caskets for burial after the mass funeral service for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster held at Memorial Park on June 22, 1947. A large crowd of people is gathered to watch. Identical coffins are lined up in rows. Military veterans stand watch around the perimeter of the coffins.
[Preparing for the mass funeral service for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster]
9.5" x 7.5" b&w photograph
[Rabbi Louis Feigon speaking at the mass burial service for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster]
Rabbi Louis Feigon speaks into a standing microphone on the temporary speakers platform at the mass burial services on June 22, 1947. Other clergymen and three acolytes stand off the dais on the right. One funeral wreath stands on the dais, while other wreaths stand behind the speaker's platform. A large crowd of people wearing military uniforms or dress clothes stand behind the roped-off area. On the reverse side of the photograph is written: "Ministers representing Protestant, Jewish & Catholic faiths share in leading the funeral service June 22, 1947. 5,000 people."
[At a memorial service for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster]
A group of people gather at the Texas City High School stadium for a memorial service for victims of the 1947 disaster. A small group of speakers stands in the middle, between the crowd standing on the field and a group of choir members standing on the bleachers. At the bottom of the picture is printed "Texas City Disaster, April 16, 1947." On the back of the photograph is written: "Memorial - April 19, 1947 at H.S. Stadium 10th Street."
[A rescue worker amid the debris of a destroyed Monsanto structure after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]
A rescue worker stands amid twisted pipes and debris. On the reverse of the photograph is written: "J. J. Hickey 100 Area Ethylene Dept Monsanto Co. Texas City April 19 - 1947 M. Welch".
[Aerial view of the port after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]
An aerial view of the port area after the explosions. White smoke rises from the destroyed dock area. The Monsanto building, refinery facilities, storage tanks, and the grain elevator are visible. Many of the storage tanks have visible damage. Piers and docks show almost total destruction.
[Across from the Seatrain loading crane after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]
A view of the dock area and shorelines across from the Seatrain loading crane after the 1947 Texas City Disaster. Clouds of white smoke cover the horizon, and smoke still rises from the debris. The Seatrain loading crane is visible on the far right. Directly across the water from it, unseen firefighters direct a stream of water toward burning debris near shore. The area in the foreground is covered with debris of all kinds including metal and wooden pieces, wire cabling, and an unknown product in fabric bags.
[Aerial view from the railroad yard after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]
A elevated shot from the rail yards toward the port. View is from above a line of freight cars in the rail yard. Debris lies piled along the line of cars to the far right of the picture. Several men stand on top of one of the cars, while several more stand amid the metal debris below. Another line of rail cars loaded with uniform loads of large forms stands on a parallel set of tracks. In the distance is the grain elevator, a smokestack, two large water towers and the loading structures at the port. Heavy smoke clouds blowing left to right can be seen coming from the port area. The number "#3" is written in the lower right hand corner.
[An aerial view near the port after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]
Clouds of very heavy black smoke cover the port area of Texas City after the 1947 Texas City Disaster. An aerial view of some of the residences near the port can be seen in the lower right hand portion of the photograph. On the reverse side is written "Texas City a few hours after the Grandcamp exploded."