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The Portable Handbook of Texas

Description: Book containing a brief history Texas from prehistoric times to the end of the twentieth century. Following this is a series of alphabetical arranged articles which cover various aspects of Texas history, including significant communities, people, institutions, and agencies.
Date: 2000
Creator: Barkley, Roy R., 1941- & Odintz, Mark F., 1953-
Partner: Texas State Historical Association

[A damaged church after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: A church shows noticeable damage after the 1947 Texas City Disaster. The left wall has partially detached from the framework, and windows have been blown out. Debris lies in front of the church. The building to the left has sustained damage to windows and some damage is visible on the facing wall. On the back of the photograph is written :"Church on Texas Ave - front view".
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Shaft from the Grandcamp near the railroad tracks after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: A metal spar from the Grandcamp has been driven into the ground at about a 45 degree angle near the railroad tracks after the ship's explosion. Debris is scattered on the ground throught the area. In the background, flames and large clouds of smoke can be seen in the direction of the port.
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Searching for submerged bodies after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Three men are standing in a small boat using oars to check for submerged bodies in the port area after the explosions. The boat and the men are smeared with oil/petroleum. Wooden and metal debris covers the surface of the water behind the men. On the back of the photograph is written "Searching for submerged bodies."
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Debris near storage tanks after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: A large piece of mangled metal, apparently plate metal from a ship, lies on the ground in the forefront of the picture. A pipeline runs through the middle of the photograph. Behind the pipline are storage tanks, power poles, and some structures. A large one-story brick structure, with visible roof and window damage sits in the middle of the picture.
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Rescue workers holding a stretcher near an ambulance after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Four men holding a stretcher stand in front of an ambulance with its back doors open. The ambulance has a large medical cross painted on the side. A man in uniform stands near one side of the back doors, and four other military personnel stand near the right rear of the ambulance. One of the Army personnel has the medic armband on his left arm. Debris is scattered all over, and a fire hose runs near the men. In the background large pieces of debris and a three-story building with windows blown out can be seen. On the back of the photo is written: "From John P. Blazetic with 32nd medical battalion".
Date: April 16, 1947
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
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Damaged storage tanks after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: A group of storage tanks on the tank farm show heavy compression and missile damage after the explosions. Metal debris is scattered over the railroad tracks in front of the wall bordering the tank farm. Heavy damage is visible on all six tanks. Heavy black smoke and smaller clouds of white smoke come from behind the tanks. A utility line across the top of the photograph has either broken or has insulation stripped off and hanging in pieces.
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Damaged cars and buildings near the port after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Behind a large parking area full of damaged cars, burning structures give off heavy black and gray smoke. A three-story building has sustained heavy damage from the explosions, with all windows blown out and the top floor gone except for the metal framework. Farther to the right, another three-story building stands with much less visible damage. The parking lot of cars are directly across the road from this building. Many of the cars show missile or compression damage. Closer to the foreground, some cars stand in a pool of water. A small boat sits in the water at the far left. On the prow of the boat is written: "USAT SEATRAIN TEXAS BOAT NO. 1 680 CU.FT. 65 PERSONS". The hull of the boat also shows missile and compression damage. Metal debris is scattered in the water and near the cars.
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[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
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[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
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
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
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Debris along the railroad tracks after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: A long, large pile of pipe, metal and wooden debris covers much of a set of railroad tracks. On a parallel track to the right is a set of freight cars partially blocked from sight by the pile of debris. Two water towers stand in the background. In the foreground lies another heap of metal and wood debris. Heavy black clouds of smoke hang over the scene. Wooden utility or power poles with damaged lines can be seen along both the right and left sides of the photograph.
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[A damaged refinery building after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: A one-story commercial building shows roof and window damage after the 1947 Texas City Disaster. In front of the building are a series of small tanks and valves. Crossing the photograph at the front is a large raised pipeline with a noticeable break near mid-picture. In the background, to the left are round storage tanks. At the far right in the background is a water tower on stilts.
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library