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Impact of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW) on Freight Flows in the Texas-Louisiana Megaregion

Description: This report examines the benefits of maintaining the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW). The GIWW is comprised of five states. The report contains a historical background, current conditions, barge safety, increase of funding, and summaries of findings and recommendations.
Date: June 2015
Creator: Harrison, Robert
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Life Boat

Description: Patent for life boats to use for large passenger ships, cruise and other boats that can be installed at the sides of the ships for easy access during evacuation.
Date: July 15, 1913
Creator: Sargeant, Benjamin F.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

[Unloading Grain From Box Cars]

Description: This picture depicts men unloading grain from box cars at the Mineral Wells railroad yards into horse-drawn wagons. During the days if the Great Depression years of the 1930's, grain and cotton were the principal cash crops of farmers around Mineral Wells, and the WMW&NW (Weatherford, Mineral Wells and Northwest) Railroad was a prime shipper of the crops to market. This photograph is featured on page 92 of A.F. Weaver's "Time Was in Mineral Wells," second edition.
Date: unknown
Partner: Boyce Ditto Public Library

Sea Scape

Description: Photograph of a bay taken from a hill showing ships and other craft on the water. A grassy shoreline is visible in the foreground.
Date: unknown
Creator: Williams, Byrd M. (Byrd Moore), Jr.
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[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

[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

[Train near the grain elevator after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: A line of damaged freight cars runs horizontally across the image in front of a large grain elevator. The topmost edge of the nearest end of the grain elevator is missing, and damage is evident at other places on the structure. In front of the train tracks stand two large power poles. One pole has snapped into several drooping pieces. In the foreground, metal debris and a hose lie scattered over other sets of tracks. Wooden and metal debris are visible on the embankment leading up to the train tracks with the train cars. In the left foreground of the picture, the front part of a construction tractor can be seen with its bulldozer type blade on the ground. The number "#6" is written in the lower right hand corner.
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Near the grain elevator after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: A grain elevator, a smokestack and the ruins of a power plant stand in the middle of the picture. On the left, four railroad freight cars sit on a track. A row of train wheels sits near a power pole with dangling lines. Brick, metal and wood debris litter the foreground. A large pipe, twisted and broken lies along the railroad tracks on the right. Two men stand along a rail line. Behind them, two structures lie in ruins surrounded by piles of bricks and metal debris, with remnants of brick walls visible. Amid the debris are upturned vehicles, including a treaded vehicle.
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Rescue workers gather near a damaged building after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Rescue workers stand in small groups in front of a badly damaged commercial building. A large structure of metal girders has been bent and twisted and hangs down from across the top of the building over nearby power poles and what may have been railroad tracks. A treaded flat-bed truck, carrying cylinders with spigots and cables, stands facing the wreckage. Three men are in the front of the truck. Along both sides of the truck small groups of men stand talking. Twisted metal debris is piled on the right side. The writing on the back of one man's coverall reads: "Lapresste Automotive Service."
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Photograph of Refinery Structures Near the Port after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Photograph taken from out on the water looking toward the refinery structures at the port. At the far left, the Monsanto plant building stands, very heavily damaged. At the far right, two tower refinery structures stand. Major damage is visible on the refinery structure in front of these two towers. Debris is strewn heavily along the shoreline. Damaged elevated pipelines are visible in the middle of the picture where some of the supporting structures have failed. Layers of smoke cover the entire background of the picture, with gray smoke closest to the ground, then white smoke, then heavy black smoke.
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[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
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Damaged railroad cars after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: On the far left, railroad freight cars are standing on a set of railroad tracks. Part of the side of the second railroad car has been damaged, and is detached at the top. To the right are huge heaps of debris piled near the trains covering the foreground. A large section of metal framework, probably from a warehouse roof or the covered conveyor system, is twisted and bent, and rests on top of the debris.
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Rescue workers check through debris after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Rescue workers search through debris near a multi-storied building which has been destroyed. (This building is probably the Monsanto building.) Only the metal framework remains of much of the building, and twisted and bent metal is very visible on the front top section of the building. A group of men are examining a section of railroad track which has been damaged. Metal and wooden debris is widely scattered. On the left side of the photograph, an ambulance is parked with back doors open. Rescue workers include both military and civilians. On the reverse of the photograph is written: "From John P. Blazetic with 32nd medical battalion".
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[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
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Near the grain elevator after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: The grain elevator stands in the middle of the image. Some damage is visible at the top of the structure sitting above the 12 cylindrical silos, and to the side and top of the last rear silo. The tower part of the grain elevator shows damage to the rear walls. In the left middle, in front of the grain elevator, a power plant and shop buildings have been destroyed, with only parts of two walls standing and metal framework standing near the smokestack. Piles of debris lie to the left front of the grain elevator. Two trucks and two treaded construction vehicles stand along the road. Debris is scattered in the foreground. An elevated steel structure enclosing a conveyor system has partially collapsed in front of the grain elevator.
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Repairing the railroad tracks after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: A group of about 15 men are working to clear and repair railroad tracks. Two parallel sets of tracks are visible. On the left, a flatbed rail vehicle holds railroad ties. Ahead of it on the tracks is a freight car holding several large rectangular forms. Small groups of men work along the other set of tracks, picking up debris, and replacing railroad ties. Some metal and wooden debris is visible along the tracks. Ahead of the workers on the tracks sits a badly damaged locomotive. To the right of the tracks are stacks of rectangular wooden structures stacked in piles. Some piles have been toppled. A large metal hook, suspended from a wheel and pulley, is visible on the far right. The number "#41" is written in the lower right corner.
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Damaged warehouse after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: A row of four warehouses stands alongside railroad tracks. The metal framework appears intact, but the first two buildings are missing much of the metal siding covering the sides and ends of the buildings. Large pieces of corrugated metal debris lie in front and along the side of the front building. Piles of an agricultural product stored in cloth bags and stacked in uniform piles can be seen inside the front building. Toward the side rear of the front building four men are gathered in a small group looking at something on the ground. In the foreground, between sets of railroad tracks, a bicycle wheel and two wooden railroad ties lie scattered on the ground. Two water towers are visible on the far left horizon. The number "#35" is written in the lower right hand corner.
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Damaged freight cars and pier structure after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: A line of freight cars parallels a road alongside twisted and warped metal framework from pier buildings. Three or four train cars are overturned and have sustained heavy damage. Metal and wood debris is scattered in the foreground. An automobile is parked on the road just left of the center of the image. The number "#14" is written in the lower right hand corner.
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Damaged warehouse and storage tanks after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Two men stand on top of a line of damaged railroad freight cars. Another man sits on the top of a freight car while several men below sort through debris. To the right of the train cars a long warehouse building has been destroyed. Metal and wooden debris and a number of dark barrels line the railroad tracks. In the distance on the right a number of the storage tanks from the Richardson-Republic tank farm can be seen, many of which have visible crushing and compression damage. The number "#42" is written in the lower right hand corner.
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Ruins of a warehouse and large fragments of ship hull after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Two railroad tracks separated by a dirt road run horizontally across the foreground of the photograph. A utility pole with damaged wires dangling stands on the far side of the road. Beyond the tracks is a pile of very large pieces of twisted metal debris, apparently the fragments of a shattered hull of a ship. Beyond that are at least a dozen men scattered outside a large, two-story, heavily damaged building. Two cranes, a truck with a hoist at the rear, and a bulldozer are sitting in front of the building amid large piles of metal and wooden debris. Several train cars sit amid debris at the far right side. In the distance can be seen the top part of another crane. On the left runs a line of utility poles away from the viewer, probably along another road. On the far left can be seen more men working, with one man operating a construction vehicle, perhaps another bulldozer, and several dump trucks waiting to be loaded. Beyond the trucks one can see the end silos of the grain elevator. The number "#40" is written in the lower right hand corner.
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Aerial view from the railroad yard after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: 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.
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library