The New London School Explosion

Rescue workers as search through the wreckage of the rural school at New London, Texas, March 18, 1937. Bettmann/Bettmann Archive/Getty Images

This was one of the worst disasters in Texas history, the worst school disaster in U.S. history, and it was a horrific tragedy that stemmed from a huge number of small decisions and moments.

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Tracy's Research:

  • American Oil & Gas Historical Society. "New London School Explosion"
  • Dingus, Anne. "The New London School Explosion." Texas Monthly. 3/2001.
  • Vine, Katy. "'Oh My God! It's Our Children!" Texas Monthly. 3/2007.
  • Handbook of Texas Online, Irvin M. May, Jr., "New London School Explosion," accessed February 27, 2017,
  • NPR Staff. " 75 Years Later: The Day The Town School Exploded." Story Corps via Morning Edition. 4/6/2012.
  • Stowers, Carlton. "'Today, a Generation Died.'" Dallas Observer. 2/21/2002.
  • White, Joe L. "Columbus Marion 'Dad' Joiner and the East Texas Oil Boom." East Texas Historical Journal. Vol. 6, Issue 1.
  • "GAS IS CONCEDED CAUSE OF BLAST." Daily Boston Globe (1928-1960): 1. Mar 23 1937. ProQuest. Web. 27 Feb. 2017.
  • "NO BLAME IS FIXED IN TEXAS DISASTER." New York Times (1923-Current file): 21. Mar 24 1937. ProQuest. Web. 27 Feb. 2017.
  • Special to THE NEW,YORK TIMES. "Search for Texas School Victims Proceeds all Day Amid Sorrowing Throngs." New York Times (1923-Current file): 3. Mar 20 1937. ProQuest. Web. 27 Feb. 2017.

Topics in this Podcast: Texas, tragedies, education, show notes