Wyatt Metal and Boiler plant at Houston Texas in November 1938. From the DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University’s Robert Yarnell Richie photographic collection. View the larger original here.
Browsing the SMU DeGoyler Library online photos, I came across this photo of the Wyatt Metal and Boiler Works plant in Houston. I don’t have any documents for the plant, but I found it interesting nonetheless.
Wyatt Metal and Boiler was located on the west side of Houston between the Southern Pacific (foreground tracks above) and the Katy (background tracks above) just east of Tower 13. (For more information about Tower 13, see Texas Railroad Tower’s Tower 13 page.) In the 1938 photo above, the plant appears to be served solely by the Katy, but by 1953 a spur was added from the Southern Pacific as well.
From 1953 T&NO Houston Industry map available for purchase from Railroad Paper Collectibles.
A few more images from the DeGolyer collection:
From the DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University’s Robert Yarnell Richie photographic collection. View the original here.
From the DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University’s Robert Yarnell Richie photographic collection. View the original here. The Wyatt’s jacket is stylish.
1976 aerial from USGS Earth Explorer. The Southern Pacific track into the plant can be seen in the center.
Wyatt Metal and Boiler also had a smaller plant in West Dallas on West Commerce located on the Texas & Pacific. It appears the building remains today in modified form.
Undated from the University of Texas at Arlington. It’s just a guess, but it looks like it might date from after the 1922 Sanborn map below, as based on the measurements of the map below, I think the left most section of the building might be a new addition.
1930 aerial photograph of Dallas plant from the Edwin J. Foscue Map Library, Southern Methodist University. The plant has been enlarged since the time of the 1922 Sanborn Map above.
Southern Pacific ad from Trains magazine, July 1961.