Texas City, Texas (Images of America Series)

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At 100 years old, Texas City is a relatively young city. It was founded not for its beauty or its climate but for its strategic location on the Gulf of Mexico. It developed into a major port city, and industries sprang up and flourished. From bare acreage, the founders forged a community that would become a hometown to thousands of people. Texas City has seen its highs and lows. The U.S. Air Force experienced its humble beginnings here, for instance. The same port, however, that gave life to the desolate land ...

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Overview

At 100 years old, Texas City is a relatively young city. It was founded not for its beauty or its climate but for its strategic location on the Gulf of Mexico. It developed into a major port city, and industries sprang up and flourished. From bare acreage, the founders forged a community that would become a hometown to thousands of people. Texas City has seen its highs and lows. The U.S. Air Force experienced its humble beginnings here, for instance. The same port, however, that gave life to the desolate land brought destruction in 1947 in the form of the Texas City explosion. A ship carrying ammonium nitrate blew up, killing almost 600 residents, injuring thousands, and bringing damage to nearly every building in town. Texas City recovered from the explosion and in the following decades, continued to be a place of pride for its citizens. The pages of this book are filled with images dating from the 1950s and 1960s to bring back the feeling of a bygone era in Texas City.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738579702
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 7/25/2011
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 965,187
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Author Albert Mitchell was born in Texas City the same year as the Texas City explosion. His father, Johnny Mitchell, was born in Texas City in 1910, the year before it officially became a city. Johnny's original photographs are used throughout the book.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 The Early Years 9

2 The Business District 21

3 The People 59

4 Education 89

5 Religious Observances 93

6 Local Government 101

7 The Dike 109

8 Industry 117

9 Miscellaneous 123

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2011

    Great Local History Book

    Fascinating photos, commentary and factoids of what Texas City was like 50 years ago. I would highly recommend this book to everyone who lives or ever visited Texas City.

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