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[Damaged pipelines and railroad tracks near the port after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: A railroad freight car loaded with wooden forms sits amid the debris near the port after the 1947 Texas City Disaster. On the left, the support for the elevated pipelines near the port have collapsed, and pipelines lie on the ground. Metal, concrete and wooden debris are scattered along the pipeline route and the railroad tracks. In the distance can be seen the destroyed pier and dock structures. On the back of the photograph is written: "Loading Dock".
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

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

Description: A line of damaged freight cars stands amid metal and wooden debris. The top of a crane is seen beyond the train cars behind a large pile of debris. In the far background is a storage tank farm, with visible compression damage on a number of the tanks. On the horizon, in the direction of the port, are heavy clouds of white and black smoke. In the foreground three military personnel stand looking at the damage. On the reverse side of the photograph is written: "From John P. Blazetic with 32nd Medical Battalion."
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Metal debris near the railroad tracks after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: On the far left, a line of freight cars stands on a set of tracks. Power poles line the railroad tracks, but power lines have been broken and are hanging down. A man stands on top of one of the railroad cars looking toward the port. To the left of the railroad tracks, can be seen a small portion of a damaged two-story building. Large pieces of metal and metal framework from a covered conveyor system are scattered over much of the area.
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

[Damaged train cars after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Two construction cranes stand alongside a line of damaged freight cars, with the sides of most of the cars pushed in. Debris is scattered on and around the railroad tracks. On the right in the background, a metal framework from a covered track/conveyor system is twisted and bent. Two men stand near a bulldozer, looking at debris. A power pole with no electrical lines attached stands near the train tracks. In the right front corner, piles of sacking or burlap lie scattered between two sets of tracks.
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Damaged warehouse after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: A view from outside looking through a damaged warehouse. The metal framework appears to be intact but much of the covering of the front and back walls has been destroyed. Piles of a product stored in cloth bags of uniform size sit in stacks in the warehouse. A line of freight cars, many heavily damaged, sit on a railroad track along the right side the building. Large pieces of debris are scattered in front of the building. There is a large light colored object in the foreground lying on the ground. It seems to be either a piece of concrete with large chunks of aggregate, or a loose pile of material of similar appearance. The number "#37" is written in the lower right hand corner.
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Debris along the railroad tracks after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: At least five sets of railroad tracks run across the photograph. Debris lies scattered around the ground. What looks like two shovels from a crane lie face down on the ground along a track. In the background are a damaged round storage tank, a damaged building near the smokestack, two water towers, and a long pile of debris heaped in front of a train of freight cars. Lines sag in places from wooden utility or power poles. Heavy smoke hangs over the scene. The number "#33" is written in the lower right hand corner.
Date: April 16, 1947
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
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

[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

[Two locomotives and power plant debris after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Two damaged steam locomotives sit amid metal and wooden debris from the power plant and shop buildings damaged in the concussion from the explosions. A large smokestack is visible behind the rightmost locomotive, but the structure next to it is heavily damaged with only the metal structural frame standing. To the right rear, only parts of one wall of a building remain standing; the rest of the building has been destroyed down to within a few feet of the foundation level. Behind the leftmost locomotive, which has the number "29" visible on its front, is the edge of a water tower. On the right in the foreground is a fire hydrant with a wooden box on a post above it with one side forming an open door. Inside the box can be seen a folded water hose and nozzle with one end of the hose attached to the hydrant below. A wrench is attached to the valve on the top of the hydrant. The number "27" is written in the lower right hand corner of the picture.
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Searching through debris near the railroad tracks after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: A crane stands at the far edge of a cleared section of dirt in the foreground. On the right is a line of boxcars receding away from the viewer with their left sides crushed inward. A large line of debris lies on the left of the train between it and the cleared area. On the far left of the cleared area is very large mound of debris mostly behind a low wall. Four men are on top of the debris, much of it concrete chunks and rebar, searching through it. The wall is either the remnant of a building or has been erected as a retaining wall. All around the crane and in the distance are piles of twisted metal, railroad tracks, wooden railroad ties and other debris. Wording on the crane: "The M. W. Kellogg Co.' and "Northwest". The number "#38" is in the lower right hand corner of the photograph.
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Locomotive and debris after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: A railroad locomotive sits surrounded by debris. The debris appears to be mostly metal, and includes corrugated sheets, poles and structural supports. Three power poles are visible, with damaged wires hanging from the pole on the far left. A fenced enclosure is in the middle far right of the picture with damaged fencing. Heavy smoke is visible in the sky. The number "#1" is visible in the lower right hand corner.
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library