Texas City in Galveston County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
The Texas City Disaster
More than 550 people, including 27 firemen, were killed; flying pieces of concrete, steel, and glass injured thousands more; resulting fires took days to extinguish. Response to the disaster came immediately, with the American Red Cross coordinating relief efforts.
Far-reaching effects of the Texas City disaster included the implementation of safety standards and revised emergency medical treatment procedures. Citizens determined to rebuild. By 1950 few physical reminders
Erected 1990 by Texas Historical Commission.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1893.
Location. 29° 23.531′ N, 94° 53.325′ W. Marker is in Texas City, Texas, in Galveston County. Marker is on Dike Road, 0.1 miles west of Skyline Drive, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Texas City TX 77590, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Propeller of the SS Highflyer (here, next to this marker); Anchor from Freighter Grand Camp (approx. ¼ mile away); First Aero Squadron (approx. ¼ mile away); Texas City Dike (approx. ¼ mile away); Anchor Park (approx. ¼ mile away); William Jefferson Jones (approx. half a mile away); Shoal Point and Half Moon Shoal Lighthouse (approx. half a mile away); Site of Austinia (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Texas City.
More about this marker. The marker has moved to a new location at the entrance to the Texas City Dike.
Also see . . . Images of the Texas City Disaster - Wikipedia. (Submitted on September 30, 2010, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
Credits. This page was last revised on March 9, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 25, 2010, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. This page has been viewed 3,014 times since then and 63 times this year. Last updated on February 18, 2012, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. It was the Marker of the Week April 16, 2017. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 9, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. 4. submitted on September 25, 2010, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. 5. submitted on April 15, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.