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[At the mass funeral service for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: 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."
Date: June 22, 1947
Item Type: Photograph

[At the mass funeral service for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: 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."
Date: June 22, 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

[Carrying a coffin in preparation for the mass funeral service for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: 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."
Date: June 22, 1947
Item Type: Photograph

[Carrying in a coffin at the mass funeral service for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: 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.
Date: June 22, 1947
Item Type: Photograph

[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

[Checking through the debris after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Two groups of men search through debris after the explosions. On the far left, one group is gathered around a bulldozer tractor with a powered arm, perhaps for a bucket attachment. On the right, another group is gathered around a large, badly damaged metal object, perhaps a vehicle. Near them, large pieces of metal debris, apparently from a railroad freight car, lie surrounded by shallow water. Large pieces of metal debris are scattered over the foreground. In the distance there is a lone man and behind him another bulldozer tractor. Further on, on both sides, there are large metal framework structures twisted and bent, probably from a warehouse roof or from the covered conveyor system.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph

[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

[Coffins of victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster being lined up at the mass funeral service]

Description: 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.
Date: June 22, 1947
Item Type: Photograph

[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

[Crushed train cars after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Two badly crushed train cars sitting on a railroad track lie half buried under debris. Barrels and other debris lie scattered and heaped over most of the visible area. Behind the cars, heavy metal framework, probably from either a warehouse or the covered metal conveyor system, shows heavy damage and twisting.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph

[Damage after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Building rubble, cable and wire are spread over the ground after the 1947 Texas City Disaster. On the far left, some structure of a long building or the elevated conveyor system remains standing. In the middle of the photograph, a line of posts, with metal wires and cables protruding, can be seen.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph

[Damage along the shoreline after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: A view of the destruction on the shoreline after the 1947 Texas City Disaster. Wooden and metal debris lines the area where the docks and warehouses were. Debris floats on the water in the port. White smoke rises from near the destroyed warehouses. At the far right, a large piece of metal framework from a warehouse sticks up toward the sky.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph

[Damage along the shoreline after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: A view of the destruction on the shoreline after the 1947 Texas City Disaster. Wooden debris is scattered over the area where the docks were. Debris floats in the water, or sticks up from the floor of the port area. White smoke rises from the area near the destroyed warehouses. At the lower right, two men stand on a raised area and look into the water near raised pipelines.
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

[Damaged automobiles and building after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: About a dozen automobiles sit in a parking lot in front of a large three-story building. Doors and windows have been blown out of the building, and the upper story has only the metal framework remaining. The cars in the parking lot show damage from the explosions. Metal pieces and wooden debris are scattered near the building and in the parking lot. Heavy black smoke with a few white smoke clouds fill the sky. On the right, one men in a hard hat looks at a damaged car. Five men stand or walk on the left near the left end of the building.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph

[A damaged building after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: A close-up shot of a long two-story building, badly damaged. Two large pipelines run across the picture, one parallel to the long side of the building, one parallel to the short side of the building. Metal and wooden debris is scattered along the length and sides of the building. Roof structures are almost completely missing except for twisted metal debris. Doors and windows in the building have been blown out, and interior wreckage is visible through those spaces. The number "#4" is written in the lower right hand corner.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph