TIHAA Explodes in Texas City - February 3, 2018
by Gary Luckett

Our trip began with a visit to the Texas City museum. The second floor is totally a model railroad exhibit.

Model trains of several sizes ran around exquisite models of towns and mountains. The first floor is the history of Texas City beginning with its founding in the 1820s up until very recently. A majority of the exhibits are devoted to the disastrous explosions of the ships carrying ammonium nitrate in 1947 that killed over 600 people. Debris was thrown as much as 2 miles from the blast site. Another room chronicled the achievements of African-American citizens of the area who contributed to Texas City from the Civil

War era up to now.

Then we went to Heritage Square Park for a guided tour of the Davison House. The Davison Home is constructed of cypress wood brought by ship from Louisiana. Railroad ties and rebar reinforce the foundation.

The Davison house is one of the few houses to survive the many hurricanes that have struck the area since 1900.

Construction began in 1895 and took two years to complete. It is the only house in Heritage Square that is on its original site.

Occupied continuously by three generations of the same family for over 75 years, the structure is a fine example of late Victorian architecture as revealed in homes of the upper middle-class. It has beautiful woodwork, double parlors, a large dining room, high ceilings and a graceful entry hall and stairway.

Deep porches embrace the front side, and a round tower alcove was a favorite spot on all three floors. Much of the furniture is original.

After lunch at the Reef Seafood House we continued on a tour of the dike built to protect Texas City from hurricanes. Texas City had very little flooding even during Harvey. Unfortunately heavy showers during the afternoon limited us to a "splash and dash" tour of several historic sites.

We hope that you will join us for our upcoming day trips and events.

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