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Oil Refinery

Description: Copy negative of an oil refinery in Abilene, Texas taken by Thurman's Studio. The picture shows equipment, machinery and storage objects, one of them spouting smoke into the air. On the left there are two cars parked by a building.
Date: unknown
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

[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

[Aerial view of the burning Monsanto plant after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: An aerial view of the refinery structures near the coastline during the Texas City Disaster. Enormous plumes of very heavy black smoke fills most of the image. Flames from a burning storage tank can be seen near the middle of the photograph. Beyond and to the right, through a break in the heavy smoke, can be seen rows of round storage tanks. On the right, a portion of a road with right angle bend can be seen. There are many vehicles parked along the sides of the road.
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Aerial view of refinery structures, storage tanks, and port facilities after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: An aerial view of the port area of Texas City after the explosions. Residences can be seen in the lower right corner. Beyond and to the left of those homes are refinery structures. Beyond those structures are the piers and docks of the port area. Thick heavy clouds of black smoke come from burning storage tanks to the right of the docks. Thick white smoke comes from the dock areas. Through a gap between the black and white smoke streams can be seen a number of storage tanks.
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Aerial view of burning storage tanks after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: An aerial view of burning storage tanks on a storage tank farm near the port in Texas City during the Texas City Disaster. Large clouds of heavy black and white smoke are rising from several of the tanks. A number of the tanks show visible compression and explosion damage. The caption on back of this photograph reads: "White smoke rises for a fire that is burning out. The thick black smoke is being fed by all manner of petroleum products."
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

[A ruined storage tank after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: A flat-bed truck, with its windshield blow out, sits alongside the remains of a storage tank that has been destroyed. A large pile of wooden and metal debris is heaped in front of the crushed walls of the tank. On the right, in the distance, two receding lines of power utility poles and other storage tanks can be seen. The top of the print has a handwritten note in ink reading "Texas City Disaster Photograph."
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library