Eastside History: Polytechnic Heights and Texas Wesleyan University

Polytechnic Post Office

Source: Lisa Helbing / https://www.flickr.com/photos/12896641@N08/3763622043/ - Polytechnic Post Office 1910s

Polytechnic Heights - a historic neighborhood and university community

1849 the Loving's and then the Ayreses settled on Sycamore Creek, followed by Roger Tandy and Arch Hall of Kentucky who settled on land grants. The town grew up around a mill and with a makeshift track to cross the Syncamore Creek, the T&P railroad was able to reach the area in 1876. Tandy and Vickery families worked together to establish a streeetcar and tracks with a stop at "Poly." A single building that once housed the Post Office, the city hall, and a fire station can still be found on Vaughn Boulevard. The mill burned down in 1893, but the college lives on. In 1921, the town voted 7 to 1 to be annexed by the City of Fort Worth.


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Texas Wesleyan University

Source: Kinfolk House - https://www.kinfolkhouse.org/community

Texas Wesleyan University

Early settlers of the community, A.S. Hall, W.D. Hall and George Tandy donated land for a college, which after 1890 would become Polytechnic College - translates to "many arts and sciences."

The Southern Methodist Episcopal Church announced plans to establish a college "'75 feet above Fort Worth'—the moral high ground—and two miles from the temptations of Hell’s Half Acre." They would later go on to develop Polytechnic College into Woman’s College for Southern Methodism, which would become Texas Woman’s College in 1914, then Texas Wesleyan College in 1935 converting from an all women's college to co-ed, and in 1989 it became what we now know as Texas Wesleyan University.


Texas Wesleyan University
Texas Wesleyan University History
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