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What You'll Find Here.  Newspaper articles about Train Wrecks, Fires, Floods, Shipwrecks, Plane Crashes, Accidents and other disasters.  Most of these articles list the dead and injured or missing. Use the Search Box to search for your ancestors or Browse the articles by type of disaster, state or year.

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Texas City, TX Disaster - Explosion and Fire, Apr 1947

Wreckage, Texas City, Texas Disaster, April 16, 1947

Series of Blasts Touched Off by Nitrate Ship Ravages Texas City.

1,200 FEARED DEAD.

Coast Jarred For 150 Miles  read more »

Titanic Disaster, Apr 1912

Titanic

RMS Titanic was a British passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in the early morning of 15 April 1912 after colliding with an iceberg during her maiden voyage from Southampton, UK to N  read more »

Effingham, IL St. Anthony's Hospital Fire, Apr 1949

St. Anthony's Hospital, about 1908, photo from familyoldphotos.com

OFFICIAL HOSPITAL DEATH TOLL ESTIMATED AT 66.

FRESH VARNISH, PAINT ARE BLAMED FOR FEEDING FIRE.

53 Bodies Recovered, Eight Are Still Buried In Basement.

Anahuac, TX Chambers County Courthouse Fire, Apr 1935

Chambers County Courthouse built in 1912

Anahuac Courthouse Destroyed by Fire  read more »