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AC300_FIRE_MUSEUM_OF_TEXAS_COLLECTIONTHE TYRRELL HISTORICAL LIBRARY AC -300 Fire Museum of Texas Collection, 1856-1993 DESCRIPTION This collection consists of 4 cubic feet of records including Beaumont fire alarm log books and approximately 994 photographs donated by the Fire Museum of Texas, which opened in 1984 in Beaumont. The photographs document firefighting in Southeast Texas from 1856 to 1993, with heavy emphasis on the first half of the twentieth century. The Fire Department of Beaumont was established in 1881 and images in this collection cover many aspects of the department including firefighters, firehouses, and fire engines; fires and local buildings damaged by fire; fire prevention demonstrations and other events; and damages from non -fire related disasters such as hurricanes. In addition, there are a few images from the Texas City Disaster of 1947.