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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

The Gulf Intracoastal Waterway In Texas

Description: Report evaluating the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway describing its history and acquisition, various issues including threats and benefits, legislative recommendations, and a bibliography.
Date: 1992
Creator: Texas. Division of Transportation Planning.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

[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

[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

[Photograph of Debris Along the Shoreline in the Port Area After the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Photograph taken from out on the water, showing destruction along the shorelines near the port area after the explosions. Debris lines the shores and heavy clouds of black and white smoke obscure everything behind the shores. The white smoke is closer to the shore line, with the heavy black smoke rising from the unseen refinery and storage tank facilities beyond the shore. A damaged round storage tank, and bent and warped metal frameworks from warehouse buildings can be seen along the shore. An undamaged boat, apparently a fireboat, is moving away from the shore.
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Photograph of Debris Along the Shoreline in the Port Area After the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Photograph of a view taken from on the water looking back to the shore of piles of metal and wooden debris along the shoreline after the explosions. Huge clouds of thick black smoke cover most of the sky. A smaller cloud of heavy white smoke is on the left, coming from behind the visible debris. On the right, on the horizon, more broken pipelines can be seen.
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

[Photograph of Damaged Warehouses and Piers at the Port after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Photograph of huge clouds of thick black and white smoke rising from the damaged warehouses and dock facilities at the port after the Texas City Disaster. Steel girders are all that remain of three dock warehouses along the shore. The metal structure of the second warehouse from the right has visible bending and twisting. The hull of a ship or barge still floats along the pier. It appears that debris covers the deck of the barge.
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

[Damage along the shoreline after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: A view of the destruction on the shoreline after the 1947 Texas City Disaster. Wooden debris is scattered over the area where the docks were. Debris floats in the water, or sticks up from the floor of the port area. White smoke rises from the area near the destroyed warehouses. At the lower right, two men stand on a raised area and look into the water near raised pipelines.
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Damage along the shoreline after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: A view of the destruction on the shoreline after the 1947 Texas City Disaster. Wooden and metal debris lines the area where the docks and warehouses were. Debris floats on the water in the port. White smoke rises from near the destroyed warehouses. At the far right, a large piece of metal framework from a warehouse sticks up toward the sky.
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Photograph of Refinery Structures After the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Photograph taken from out on the water of the bay, this photograph captures the different layers of smoke rising from fires during the Texas City Disaster. White smoke rises from the port area, blowing from left to right and staying closest to the ground. Behind and above it, huge thick clouds of black smoke rise from unseen fires at petroleum tanks and facilities. Refinery structures, including two large towers, stand near the shoreline in the middle of the picture. Damage is visible along the shoreline.
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

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

Description: An aerial view of the port area after the 1947 Texas City Disaster. Visible from lower left to top right are the SeaTrain loading crane, the Monsanto Building, the destroyed docks and piers and refinery structures including two refinery towers. On the back of the photograph is written: "Monsanto / part of slip - Grandcamp".
Date: April 16, 1947
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
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

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

Description: An aerial view of the refinery structures in the port area and the docks and piers at the slips after the 1947 Texas City Disaster. Heavy clouds of black and white smoke rise from fires still burning near the docks and in storage tanks. Between the black and white layers of smoke can be seen oil storage tanks at a tank farm.
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library