Texas City, Texas (Images of America Series)

Texas City, Texas (Images of America Series)

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by Albert L. Mitchell
     
 

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

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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 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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From the Publisher

Title: Book marks Texas City's 100th anniversary

Author: T.J. Aulds

Publisher: The Daily News

Date: 7/31/2011

TEXAS CITY -- As the 100th anniversary of the incorporation of Texas City nears, The Daily News will release a book that chronicles the city's century of stories.

"The Texas City Century" is a 112-page book that features archival photos and articles from The Daily News, The Texas City Sun, the Texas City Museum and area residents.

The book starts with the city's story as a port that grew into a petrochemical powerhouse. It highlights some of the biggest moments in the city's history, including the 1947 disaster as well as the city's rebirth, Hurricane Carla and Goals 2000. It features profiles of some of the people who have made Texas City a "better place to work, live and play," as its moniker states.

Most of the book is dedicated to images that come from various sources, including archives of The Daily News and its former sister publication The Texas City Sun, which traces its start to the year the city was incorporated.

There also are images from Johnny Mitchell, a longtime Texas City businessman who in the 1940s, '50s and '60s, captured much of life in the city through his camera lenses. Some of the historic moments come from the archives of the late Jesse Ponce, a former Sun employee and past president of the Texas City Museum, who provided much of the research for many of the historical markers in the city. Ponce, who was a member of the Texas City Centennial Committee, died in October at age 63.

His family bequeathed much of his research to The Daily News.

"The Texas City Century" goes on sale Monday at The Daily News' offices in Texas City and Galveston.

On Thursday, an open house and book signing will be at the Texas City office. Daily News Publisher Dolph Tillotson will be on hand to autograph copies of the book.

"The Texas City Century" is one of four books to be published this year marking the centennial.

The Texas City Centennial Committee is compiling an addendum to a book published by the city in 2000, "Texas City: Images of the Twentieth Century." Pre-orders for the Texas City Centennial book can be placed at the city's website.

Mitchell's photographs also are the centerpiece for a book published by his son Albert Mitchel, "Texas City: Images of America," which was released last month.

Avid historian and Santa Fe Mayor Ralph Stenzel has published "Texas City, A History in Postcards."

Mitchell and Stenzel's books will be on sale at the Texas City Museum, which is scheduled to reopen Aug. 11 after being closed for renovation.

While the city and centennial committee have held events each month to celebrate the city's 100th birthday, a week's worth of events marking the anniversary -- which is Sept. 16 -- is scheduled for Sept. 10-17.

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At A Glance

WHAT: Release of "The Texas City Century"

WHEN: Monday, with book signing Thursday

WHERE: The Daily News, 7800 E.F. Lowry Expressway in Texas City or 8522 Teichman Road in Galveston

COST: $24.95 per book

OPEN HOUSE AND BOOK SIGNING: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at The Daily News' Texas City office.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738579702
Publisher:
Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date:
07/25/2011
Series:
Images of America Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
1,307,191
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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Texas City, Texas (Images of America Series) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.