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 of the disaster remained, although the event retains a prominent place in state and national history.
Erected 1990 by Texas Historical Commission
Location. 29° 22.534′ N, 94° 54.268′ W. Marker is in Texas City, Texas, in Galveston County. Marker is on Loop State Highway 197, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Texas City TX 77590, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The First Texas City Refinery (here, next to this marker); Texas City Terminal Railway Company (here, next to this marker); Propeller of the SS Highflyer (here, next to this marker); Booker T. Washington School (approx. 0.4 miles away); Sociedad Mutualista Mexicana in Texas City (approx. 0.9 miles away); Anchor from Freighter Grand Camp (approx. 1.4 miles away); Texas City Dike (approx. 1.4 miles away); First Aero Squadron (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Texas City.
More about this marker. Marker is in a group of markers at the roadside in front of the entrance to the Port of Texas City.
Also see . . .
1. Texas City Disaster article in the Handbook of Texas. (Submitted on September 25, 2010, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas.)
2. Images of the Texas City Disaster - Wikipedia. (Submitted on September 30, 2010, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
Categories. • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on April 16, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 25, 2010, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. This page has been viewed 2,578 times since then and 76 times this year. Last updated on February 18, 2012, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page was the Marker of the Week April 16, 2017. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 18, 2012, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. 3, 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.