New London, Texas: New London School Explosion MonumentA natural gas explosion in 1937 killed 311 students and teachers. A towering monument now marks the site.
- Main St., New London, TX
- In the median of Hwy 42 about a half-mile north of Hwy 323.
- Museum M-F 9-4 Sat 10:30-3 (Call to verify)
- Free. Museum tour $4.
Visitor Tips and News About 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]