M-K-T Railroad Roundhouse & Machine Shop – Main

The Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad constructed this roundhouse and machine shop in 1929, on the site of older service tracks and repair pits. The structure, located in extensive railroad yards east of Main Street, is of reinforced concrete and brick construction, with large panels of steel sash windows. In plan, it is a quarter circle. Built at a cost of $105,000, the architect was A. C. Sparks; chief engineer was F. Ringer. The roundhouse — possibly the oldest and perhaps the last such structure in the city — is one of several important monuments in the Southside portraying an industry that has been central to the development of Fort Worth. The M-K-T Railroad Roundhouse & Machine Shop has been demolished.

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