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[A wounded survivor of the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: People stand on the sidewalk across the street from the Lucus Cafe, a liquor store and a dime store. A woman with bandages on her face and arm and bloodstained clothing looks at the camera. A flag flies at half mast near the cafe. Signs on the storefronts read: "5-10 store", "Clark's liquor store" and "Lucus Cafe." On the reverse side of the photograph is written "Irving Peterman" in cursive. The picture was taken from City Hall which was located on the SW corner of 6th Street and 6th Avenue.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Survivors and rescue workers at an aid station after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: A first-aid and disaster relief station at night. Rescue workers, victims and medical personnel move about the area. Cots are set up in rows. On the far right, a man lying under a blanket is being examined by military personnel. At least two people are wearing visible head bandages The aid trailer has the numbers "32195" written on a window. Behind the trailer is a large building with some visible window damage.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[A damaged church after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: A church shows noticeable damage after the 1947 Texas City Disaster. The left wall has partially detached from the framework, and windows have been blown out. Debris lies in front of the church. The building to the left has sustained damage to windows and some damage is visible on the facing wall. On the back of the photograph is written :"Church on Texas Ave - front view".
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Disaster victims being assisted after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: A disaster relief worker in uniform leads a groups of disaster victims. An older woman wearing a coat, an older man carrying a child, a woman carrying bedding and blankets, a woman in a hat (of the same uniform as the first woman) and a group of men follow her. On the left, a man wheels a stretch or a cot with pillows from the back of a vehicle. On the right is an empty bus. The area is dark.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Survivors wait at an aid station after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: People of all ages stand or sit on cots at an aid station set up under some trees after the 1947 Texas City Disaster. Some individuals have blankets around their shoulders. Some people are wearing head bandages. At the left, in the foreground, are large jugs of water.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[At the mass funeral service for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: An honor guard is placing a coffin in its designated location at the mass funeral service for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster held at Memorial Park on June 22, 1947. The coffin is being placed in the 8th spot of the 2nd row. Seventeen other identical coffins topped with flower sprays are already in place. A large crowd is gathered for the service, standing outside the roped-off area. On the back of the photograph is written: "Caskets were arranged in 3 rows - on either side of location of fountain - six rows all together Mass funeral 22 Jun 47."
Date: June 22, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Loading a casket into a hearse before the mass funeral service for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Four men load a casket into a hearse in preparation for the the mass funeral service for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster held in Memorial Park on June 22, 1947. At the far right, another man reads a piece of paper in front of another hearse, with a partial license plate of "MORA HE 3 Tex"
Date: June 22, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial 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
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Coffins of victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster being lined up at the mass funeral service]

Description: Pall bearers, or an honor guard (at least two of the men seem to be in uniform), carry in the casket of an unidentified victim of the 1947 Texas City Disaster at the mass funeral service on June 22, 1947. Two rows of identical caskets have already been brought in and two more caskets stand in a third row. A small group of clergymen awaits the casket. A large crowd of people stand behind a fence or spectator ropes on three sides of the burial site. Funeral wreaths stand at intervals around the caskets. The tops of parked vehicles are visible behind the crowd. In the far distance can be seen some refinery facilities.
Date: June 22, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
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
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Carrying a coffin in preparation for the mass funeral service for victims of the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Identical coffins decorated with floral sprays are lined up on the porch of the temporary morgue building at Camp Wallace in Hitchcock. Four men dressed in suits carry one coffin to waiting hearses. On the back of the photograph is written: "This is a scene at Camp Wallace in Hitchcock, where the unclaimed bodies were stored in cold storage awaiting identification. The individual caskets were loaded into individual hearses loaned by over 50 funeral homes in southeast Texas. The man carrying casket on right front is John Irwin's brother - don't know name."
Date: June 22, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[A damaged refinery building after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: A one-story commercial building shows roof and window damage after the 1947 Texas City Disaster. In front of the building are a series of small tanks and valves. Crossing the photograph at the front is a large raised pipeline with a noticeable break near mid-picture. In the background, to the left are round storage tanks. At the far right in the background is a water tower on stilts.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Damaged storage tanks after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: A group of storage tanks on the tank farm show heavy compression and missile damage after the explosions. Metal debris is scattered over the railroad tracks in front of the wall bordering the tank farm. Heavy damage is visible on all six tanks. Heavy black smoke and smaller clouds of white smoke come from behind the tanks. A utility line across the top of the photograph has either broken or has insulation stripped off and hanging in pieces.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Damaged storage tanks after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: A view of fourteen round storage tanks taken from across a dirt road lined with power poles. One power line is down, lying in the road. Debris is strewn on the ground in the foreground. Across the road near the storage tanks, pipes of varying sizes lie broken and bent on the ground. A number of the storage tanks have visible compression crushing and denting damage. A spherical butane/LPG tank is visible on the far right. Behind the tanks, two tall water towers are visible.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

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

Description: Beyond a chain link security fence, huge clouds of white and black smoke rise from burning structures. A tall tower unit stands at the far left. In front of it, a wooden structure has collapsed and lies on the ground. In the lower center of the picture, a round storage tank burns. It is heavily damaged, and the access scaffolding attached to it is bent and warped. Further to the right, two identical round cylindrical tanks stand, with no visible damage. To the right, pipelines lie tangled and twisted. Apparently undamaged, utility power poles cross the picture with lines still attached.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
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
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

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

Description: A long, large pile of pipe, metal and wooden debris covers much of a set of railroad tracks. On a parallel track to the right is a set of freight cars partially blocked from sight by the pile of debris. Two water towers stand in the background. In the foreground lies another heap of metal and wood debris. Heavy black clouds of smoke hang over the scene. Wooden utility or power poles with damaged lines can be seen along both the right and left sides of the photograph.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Damaged storage tanks near a water tower after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Damaged barbed wire fencing borders an area of round storage tanks and a control facility. Tanks have visible compression damage. In the foreground on the left, pieces of metal debris lie partially submerged in water standing on the left behind a berm. In the right rear corner stands one or perhaps two water towers.
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library

[Rescue workers holding a stretcher near an ambulance after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]

Description: Four men holding a stretcher stand in front of an ambulance with its back doors open. The ambulance has a large medical cross painted on the side. A man in uniform stands near one side of the back doors, and four other military personnel stand near the right rear of the ambulance. One of the Army personnel has the medic armband on his left arm. Debris is scattered all over, and a fire hose runs near the men. In the background large pieces of debris and a three-story building with windows blown out can be seen. On the back of the photo is written: "From John P. Blazetic with 32nd medical battalion".
Date: April 16, 1947
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Moore Memorial Public Library