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  New London School Explosion Historical Marker  
     
 
  Marker Number: 11023
Marker Title: New London School Explosion
Index Entry: New London School
City: New London
County: Rusk
UTM Zone: 15
UTM Easting: 316849
UTM Northing: 3568384
Year Marker Erected: 1989
Designations: na
Marker Location: SH 42, at base of arch
Marker Size: 18" x 28"

Marker Text: New London School Explosion. On March 18, 1937, a massive explosion destroyed the New London Junior-Senior High School, instantly killing an estimated 296 students and teachers. The subsequent deaths of victims from injuries sustained that day brought the final death count to 311. The explosion was blamed on a natural gas leak beneath the school building. Within weeks of the disaster the Texas Legislature passed a law requiring an odor to be added to natural gas, which previously was odorless and therefore undetectable. This memorial to victims of the explosion was erected in 1939.

Statistical data: Texas State Historical Commission