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[Unidentified Soldier]

Description: (back of photo) September 16, 1944. Photo is from the William Blackshear collection, which was donated to the Palestine Public Library.
Date: September 16, 1944
Partner: Palestine Public Library

[A nurse in a makeshift hospital comforts a victim of the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: A nurse bends over an unidentified man, injured in the 1947 Texas City Disaster, who is lying on a cot in a makeshift hospital. In the background are two other medical staff members and other cots. A folding chair with bedding stands near the patient's cot. On the back of the photograph is written: "A nurse comforts an injured man in a make shift hospital".
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Debris after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Pieces of wooden and metal debris are scattered over an embankment after the 1947 Texas City Disaster. A long piece of bent metal, perhaps from railroad tracks, lies in front of a power pole. To its right, are large pieces of metal debris. In the distance, looking toward the top of the embankment, can be seen walls of a building, power poles, and what appears to be storage tanks. At the far right in the background, is a cloud of smoke.
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[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

[Fighting fires on board ship during the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Nine men stand next to a large cargo ship at the docks. Water is being sprayed onto the ship. More fire hoses are being readied and pulled into position. Two of the men have dark hats, and appear to be fire captains or crew leaders. Another man wearing a similar hat is walking toward the men with hoses. Heavy smoke covers the ship and dock.
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[People and hearses line up outside the temporary morgue after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Vehicles of all kinds, including hearses, are parked in parking spots, on the grass and on the roadways. The photographer is looking across a vacant lot toward a side street that intersects with a street lined with businesses. People are standing in groups waiting. Signs on identifiable businesses read "Michaels", and "Desoto Plymouth." A billboard near one of the buildings reads "On this site will be The White House."
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Hearses waiting to be used after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Rows of hearses are lined up alongside a one-story white building and the road that leads to it. A small group of men stand outside one of the hearses on the road. A larger group of men stand on the porch of the building. Low clouds, or possibly smoke, hang in the sky over the scene.
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Hearses waiting to be used after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Rows of hearses are parked alongside a one-story white building and the road that leads to it. A small goup of men stands near one of the hearses. Two groups of men stand on the porch of the building. Low clouds, or smoke, hang overhead.
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[People and hearses wait outside the temporary morgue after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Vehicles are parked along the roads and sidewalks and on the grass. People stand outside the temporary morgue at McGar Motor Service in groups or individually waiting and talking. In the foreground a black hearse with the sign "Rosenberg Funeral Home" waits. Signs on identifiable buildings read "Desoto Plymouth" and "Michaels" and "I.O.O.F. 656." Part of an advertisement reading "White House" can be seen.
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[People waiting for information after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: A line of people stands awaiting along a waist-high wire fence. Two gentlemen, one in uniform, stand at the gate talking. Across the street are businesses. Signs on the businesses read "Hetherington Jeweler", "Insurance", and "Farmer Appliances", and "C & D Prescription Pharmacy."
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

[At the docks after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: A large amount of wooden debris floats in the harbor in the foreground, completely covering a large area of water. Two firetrucks are parked on the dock extending out on the left with four men dressed in white standing on the edge of the dock holding hoses leading down to the ocean water. Another man in a hard hat stands on the left in a large pile of debris looking down at a large metal object, perhaps an anchor lying on or near the railroad tracks. A large metal loading crane stands just behind the fire engines on the right. Other damaged port structures are visible in the background. The number "#23" is written on the picture in the lower right corner.
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

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

Description: A close-up view of a round storage tank. The side of the tank has been crushed in and a large gap is visible where the side and the top meet, near two gauges or valves. A long cable lies haphazardly twisted and coiled in the lower left portion of the image.
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

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

Description: Three sets of railroad lines cross the picture. Large pieces of metal debris lie on and along the tracks. In some places the railroad tracks have been broken. In the distance is the outline of some refinery structures and the Seatrain loading crane. A large cloud of smoke blowing right to left is visible in the background. The number "#13" is written in the lower right hand corner.
Date: April 16, 1947
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Damaged freight cars after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: A long line of freight and box cars crosses the photograph. Damage is clearly visible on several of the cars. A large pile of lumber, perhaps railroad ties, stands at the far fight. Large pipes and debris are scattered along the length of the train. A power pole with the top snapped off and no power lines stands in the middle of the picture. In the lower right a fire hydrant stands surrounded by debris. The boom of a crane is visible in the far right, behind the train cars. The number "#26" 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

[Ruins of a warehouse and wharf after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Large amounts of debris cover the water in a harbor. Debris and barrels line the side of a road in the foreground running across the bottom of the photograph. Across the water of the harbor, a wharf with massive damage extends out at a right angle to the road. On the the water side of the wharf is a railroad track with two freight cars holding freight. The front train car is leaning down toward the water. Four large parallel pipelines are bowed down to ground level. Behind the train, and extending far out to the right to the end of the image, are the ruins of warehouse structures. There is a forest of concrete pillars, sheared off at their tops, with splayed out and twisted metal reinforcement rods (rebar) projecting up out of the tops of the columns. At the far left in the distance are two refinery tower structures. Two men, one in a white fireman's coverall, walk toward the pipelines. The number "#5" 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

[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