Included in ProPublica’s effort to identify and map every abandoned munitions facility in the U.S. — especially those that might still harbor toxic waste, residue from chemical weapons, or explosives: Houston’s own San Antonio Ordnance Depot, the original boundaries of which straddle Jacintoport Blvd., just east of Beltway 8 and immediately north of the Houston Ship Channel.
The 4,850-acre former depot and ordnance demolition facility was sold to the Ship Channel’s governing authority in 1964. It counts as one of 62 current or former military installations in Texas still containing hazardous waste, but according to Department of Defense documents is not scheduled to be cleaned up entirely until 2084.
- ProPublica: One Of Texas’ Most-Contaminated Former Military Installations Borders Houston Ship Channel [Houston Public Media]
- Bombs in Your Backyard [ProPublica]
- Open Burns, Ill Winds [ProPublica]
- San Jacinto Ordnance Depot [HAIF]
- The Ordnance Depot [Urban Exploration Resource]
Photos of San Jacinto Ordnance Depot bunkers: arch-ive.org