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[Fighting a Fire at Texaco Refinery]

Description: Wide-shot photograph of firefighters in firefighting suits, on the ground and on a fire engine, spraying large streams of water at a fire just out of shot on the left. The fire engine has a water canon attached to the top of its cab, and there are two men with cameras standing on top of the fire engine. Civilians stand on the side of the scene and on a loading dock on the right, watching the firefighters work. There are circular metal structures, including one with a domed structure, in the background. On the back of the photograph are two stamps and handwritten notes giving information about the photo, as well as cropping dimensions.
Date: August 26, 1963
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Partner: Dallas Firefighters Museum

[Cloud of Black Smoke Rising from Metal Building]

Description: Photograph of a tall cloud of black smoke rising from a small, folded and bent metal building blackened by smoke. On the ground in front of the building, there are firefighters, in dark- and light-colored firefighting suits, holding a hose. There are a few civilians in the group, as well as one who is walking out of shot on the right. A tall tower is partially visible on the left, and in the background is a large metal building. On the back of the photograph are two stamps and handwritten notes giving information about the photo.
Date: August 26, 1963
Creator: Grant, Clint
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Partner: Dallas Firefighters Museum

Process for Refining and Purifying Oils.

Description: Patent for "processes for purifying oils, especially petroleum, and has for its object the removal of impurities and the neutralization of acids, and the reduction of the cost of refining oil by simplifying the process and reducing the length of time usually required for completing the purification" (lines 9-16).
Date: September 15, 1910
Creator: Lasher, David F.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Thompson-Cunningham Home

Description: This picture is, apparently, a page distributed during a 1975 "Tour of Homes." It is best viewed and read when enlarged on the computer screen. The picture is a copy of the one used on page 141 of "Time Was..." by A. F. Weaver. This house, at 215 NE 2nd Street, is Queen Anne style, spindle work sub-type. The copy refers to a "Cupola" on the house, but cupolas were not a part of Queen Anne architecture. The house seems to have, however, a truncated tower. It was restored in 2006 by Bill Pratt, Jr.
Date: unknown
Partner: Boyce Ditto Public Library

Process of Producing Gas.

Description: Patent for a new method of making gas. The process is a simple and efficient method of making gas continuously, including illustrations.
Date: January 6, 1914
Creator: Hirt, Jules H.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

[Ruins of a warehouse after the 1947 Texas City disaster]

Description: This photograph appears to have been taken from the top of a car in a line of train boxcars seen on the left in the image. This set of train cars, with visible damage, stands alongside the remnants of a warehouse. None of the structure of the warehouse is discernable. There is extensive debris scattered around stacks of some product packed in fabric bags and arranged in large square stacks. Each stack contains at least 500 bags and there are at least 14 large stacks, some visibly damaged. The debris consists mostly of corrugated metal and wood pieces. Three train cars sit on a parallel track at the right with a large group of round petroleum storage tanks beyond that. Several of the tanks have been damaged and have visible denting and crushing to their structures. The number "#43" is written in the lower right hand corner.
Date: April 16, 1947
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
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

[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
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Aerial view of the port area during the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: An aerial view of refinery facilities near the port during the Texas City Disaster. Heavy black smoke coming from a source out of view on the right obscures much of the top two-thirds of the picture. A smaller plume of white smoke can be seen on the left. Storage tanks can be seen through a small hole in the smoke near the top middle of the photograph. The lower part of the image shows destroyed areas of the docks.
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Photograph of Fires Near the Port During the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Photograph of a view taken from out on the water near the refinery structures in the port area after the explosions. Two large refinery tower structures are on the right with elevated pipelines in front at the shoreline. Damage to the pipelines and other structural damage is visible. Debris is scattered along the shore. Large clouds of heavy black smoke come from burning storage tanks and other structures. The large Monsanto plant with heavy damage can be seen evidently still burning through the smoke on the left.
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

[Storage tanks after the explosions in the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Thick black clouds fill the sky behind refinery storage tanks. In the foreground stands a spherical storage tank streaked with black soot and grime. No damage is visible to this tank which has a circular metal stairway up to the top of the tank. Heavy compression damage is visible on one of the tanks in the background.
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library