New London, Texas: New London School Explosion Monument

A natural gas explosion in 1937 killed 311 students and teachers. A towering monument marks the site, and a museum across the street displays artifacts.
Address:
Main St., New London, TX
Directions:
In the median of Hwy 42 about a half-mile north of Hwy 323.
Hours:
Museum M-F 9-4, Sa 10:30-3 (Call to verify)
Phone:
903-895-4602
Admission:
Free. Museum adults $5, children $3
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New London School Explosion Monument

Besides the massive cenotaph directly in front of the new school, the museum across the street is filled with artifacts, primary sources (films, audio recordings, etc), and stories. The volunteer docents have personal connections to the explosion and their tours add intimate insight to such an incomprehensible tragedy (Our guide lost a sister in the blast, and his parents ran the grocery store in town at the time). The cemetery where many victims are buried is just a few miles up the road as well.

[Carrie D, 07/31/2016]

New London School Explosion Monument

New London School Explosion Monument

A monument to the greatest school disaster in the U.S. is at the scene in New London, located in the median of Highway 42 across from the new school. An explosion on March 18, 1937 -- from a natural gas leak -- killed 311 students and teachers. There is a very good museum across the highway. The story was one of the first covered by news reporter Walter Cronkite, a young man at the time.

[Gerald D Massey, 07/13/2012]

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