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Texas City Disaster Area, Pre-explosion Photographs, 1947

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Photographs of the Texas City, Texas waterfront which was later devastated by the April 16, 1947 disaster which occurred when a French ship carrying fertilizer on Galveston Bay caught fire and exploded. The nearby Monsanto styrene plant and other petroleum refineries, homes, warehouses, ships and buildings were largely destroyed. At least 576 were killed and 4,000 injured, with the town being almost completely destroyed.

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