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[The grain elevator after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: The grain elevator, showing damage to the tower and the top of the end cylinder section, after the 1947 Texas City Disaster. In the foreground, stacks of a long rectangular product and a pile of pipes have been toppled. Corrugated metal debris and pipes are scattered in the foreground.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Rescue workers search for survivors at the Texas City Terminal building after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: A group of approximately 25 men are standing on a huge pile of debris near the grain elevator, looking through rubble. Metal girders, wooden beams and assorted debris is piled at least ten foot high. What appears to have been the roof structure of a building has collapsed on top of vehicles. Parts of at least two vehicles can be seen in the debris-- one on the far right has been crushed under the collapsed structure and on the one on the far left has been overturned with its wheels in the air.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

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

Description: This photograph is taken from a raised perspective looking toward the grain elevator and the railroad shed, probably from on top of a line of freight train cars at the far right. Wood and metal debris is scattered over tracks. Roof and side damage is visible on the line of freight cars. At the far left is the destroyed power plant and sheds with only parts of some walls standing. Two steam locomotives, with their fuel and water tenders behind them, are facing the camera and between the fork lift and grain elevator. The headlight for backing up can be seen on the slope of the water tank on the engine to the left. The footboard for the brakemen to ride upon is visible below the coupler. A truck sits underneath a raised conveyor system crossing a number of railroad tracks. The grain elevator has no glass in most of the windows, and has sustained damage to a wall of a smaller section of the elevator nearest the ruined building. To the left of the grain elevator, a shed with three train cars inside is attached to the grain elevator. Part of a wheeled vehicle sits amid other debris in the left front corner. The number "#2" is written in the lower right hand corner.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
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
Item Type: Photograph
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
Item Type: Photograph
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
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Railroad cars near the grain elevator after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Two damaged freight train boxcars sit on a railroad track on the right. In front of the train cars are the remains of a truck and scattered metal debris of various kinds. The top portion of a smoke stack can be seen behind the train cars. A grain elevator stands on the left and beyond the train. Most of the glass in the windows of the grain elevator have been blown out. There is a vertical cylindrical tank in front of the grain elevator. To the left of the tank sit three boxcars side-by-side in bays under a metal roofed structure supported by pillars. On the left there is visible the top of a of a damaged wall extending out from the elevator. The number "#11" is in the lower right hand corner of the print.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
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
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Near the water towers after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Two water towers sit on stilts near the railroad tracks after the Texas City Disaster. Building rubble, barrels, and metal debris are extend over most of the middle portion of the picture. To the far left, a line of tank cars sit on a track. On the right, on a rail road track, a destroyed railroad car sits with most of its sides missing. A large pile of twisted metal debris lies on the railroad tracks behind it. On the far right is the grain elevator. On the horizon in the middle of the picture is the Seatrain crane. The tops of refinery facilities are barely visible on the horizon. Black smoke is coming from beyond the line of tanker cars, blowing from left to right. The number "34" is written in the lower right hand corner.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
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
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[An American Red Cross truck provides refreshments for rescue workers after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Five rescue workers stand in front of a Red Cross canteen truck. Two women are handing out coffee and food to the workers. On the side of the vehicle is lettered "American Red Cross Galveston County Chapter." At the far right in the background is the grain elevator with visible damage to the top part of the structure. Clouds of smoke fill the sky.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[An aerial view of the port area after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: An aerial view of the docks and slips at the Texas City port after the explosions. Docks and pier structures and dock warehouses have been leveled and totally destroyed. Rubble and debris are visible and white smoke still rises from the dock area. The SeaTrain loading crane is visible near the destroyed Monsanto building on the right. Near the middle of the photograph, the grain elevator stands near the ruins of the power house and its smoke stack. In the distance a number of storage tanks showing compression damage and crushing can be seen.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Smoke coming from the port area and refinery structures during the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Large clouds of heavy black smoke come from burning refinery facilities and storage tanks after the explosions. A truck and several cars are stopped along a wide road, with people watching the smoke clouds. In the distance on the left can be seen two refinery towers. Near the middle of the picture a storage tank is visible near a very large cloud of black smoke, and the grain elevator can be seen in the background on the far right.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Looking toward the grain elevator after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Stacks of wooden forms lined up in a row awaiting shipping. Some of the stacks have been toppled. To the far left is a large column of smoke blowing left to right. The grain elevator and a smokestack are visible in the rear center. Utililty poles, some with visibly damaged lines hanging down, are visible throughout the scene. To the right of the grain elevator, structures of twisted open metal frameworks can be seen, near a damaged building. The number "#32" is written in the lower right hand corner.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Looking toward the grain elevator after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: This photograph was taken looking toward the grain elevator after the 1947 Texas City Disaster. On the far left are refinery structures, including some small and cylindrical tanks. To the right of three of the tanks, the heavily damaged Monsanto building can be seen. In the middle of the picture in the background the Seatrain loading crane is partially visible. On the far right is the grain elevator. Some debris is visible in the foreground.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Aerial view of the port after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: An aerial view of the port area after the explosions. White smoke rises from the destroyed dock area. The Monsanto building, refinery facilities, storage tanks, and the grain elevator are visible. Many of the storage tanks have visible damage. Piers and docks show almost total destruction.
Date: April 17, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Inspecting the damage after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Four men in suits, ties and hats walk down a road toward a truck near the grain elevator after the explosions. On the right are heaps of twisted metal including girders, pipes, corrugated metal and barrels. A power pole leans to the right. Several freight cars sit near the grain elevator. On the left side is a huge pile of debris including pipes. Some of the elevated pipelines are visibly damaged. In the distance on the left is a heavily-damaged multi-story building.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Looking toward the port from the Post Office after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: The flag at the Post Office flies at half mast while in the background clouds of black and white smoke rise from fires down near the port. Taken from a level above the ground floor, looking down the wide street alongside the post office, one can see to the grain elevator and the water tower in the far background. Cars are parked along the street. Signs of the stores and businesses lining the street read as follows: "Agee's Drugs", "J. R. Smith Co.", "Cookies, Grocery & Market, CocaCola."
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Aerial view of the grain elevator, the Monsanto building and the Wilson B. Keene after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: An aerial view of the grain elevator, the damaged Monsanto building, the Seatrain loading crane and the port area after the 1947 Texas City Disaster. The ruined hull of the Wilson B. Keene is partially submerged at Slip 1. In the lower left hand corner is a badly crushed storage tank. The Longhorn II resting on dry ground is visible near the middle of the picture.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Aerial view of the Monsanto plant and port facilities after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: An aerial view of the port after the explosions. The heavily damaged Monsanto building, the grain elevator, tank farms and storage tanks and the destroyed docks and warehouses are visible. Written on the reverse side of the photograph is: "The Monsanto plant (in right foreground) received extensive damage to office buildings and equipment. There was heavy loss of life among employees."
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library