Tyler was chartered in 1847 and named after President John Tyler.
Tyler has a diversified economy based on oil, manufacturing and
agriculture. A famous product is the Tyler rosebush. Site of Texas
College, University of Texas at Tyler, and Tyler Junior College,
home of "Apache Belles," famous precision dance-drill
East Texas Fair, six days late September draws some 100,000 visitors.
Outstanding livestock event, large variety of beef and dairy cattle,
ponies, swine, sheep, industrial displays and midway attractions.
Texas Rose Festival is held in mid-October and attracts thousands
to the floral gala. Includes queen's coronation, rose show, parade
and tours to rose nurseries. Most events at Municipal Rose Garden.
There is an admission charge for some events.
BROOKSHIRE'S WORLD of WILDLIFE MUSEUM and COUNTRY STORE
CARNEGIE HISTORY CENTER
MUNICIPAL ROSE GARDEN & MUSEUM
TYLER MUSEUM OF ART
TYLER STATE PARK
- BROOKSHIRE'S WORLD of WILDLIFE MUSEUM
and COUNTRY STORE - Features more than 250 specimens of
animals, reptiles, and fish from Africa and North America. The
Country Store is depictive of what grocery stores were like in
1928 with products and fixtures common in early part of century.
It also exhibits a 1926 Model T Ford delivery truck and old-time
gasoline pump. Outside the museum is an antique fire truck, as
well as picnic tables. Open Tues - Fri from 9 a.m. till noon,
1 - 4 p.m., and Sat 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Closed on major holidays.
For groups of 15 or more , call two weeks in advance at 903-534-2169.
Located at 1600 W.S.W. Loop 323 & Old Jacksonville Highway.
- CALDWELL ZOO - Started in 1938
as a backyard menagerie; now a free 35 acre zoo with elephant
and giraffe houses, monkey island, birds, bears, alligators, aquarium,
native Texas exhibit, and even a cow ( milking hours posted).
Designed especially for the enjoyment of children. Petting zoo.
Open daily; April - September 9:30 a.m. thru 6:00 p.m.; October
thru March fro 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Located at 2203 Martin Luther
- CAMP FORD - At it zenith in
spring of 1864, Camp Ford stockade contained some 6,000 Union
troops--the largest prisoner of war compound west of the Mississippi.
An historical marker in rest area on U.S 271 two miles northeast
- CARNEGIE HISTORY CENTER - In
old library building, exhibits feature artifacts reflecting Tyler's
historic, social and economic culture. Displays feature Indian,
republic of Texas, Civil War and 20th Century eras. Open Tues
thru Sun 1-5 P.M. Located at 125 S. College Street.
- GOODMAN-LeGRAND HOME - Built
in 1859 by Gallatin Smith, wealthy young Tyler bachelor and Confederate
officer. The stately colonial mansion is now city museum housing
artifacts of ante-bellum years, 18th Century dental and medical
tools, medicines, antique dressers, and period furniture. Open
Mar - Oct from Wed to Sun from 1 -5 p.m. Located at 624 North
- HUDNALL PLANETARIUM - At
Tyler Junior College, planetarium is one of Texas' largest. Among
exhibits are replicas of exploratory space vehicles. Campus east
of downtown just off Texas 64.
- MUNICIPAL ROSE GARDEN & MUSEUM
- A 22 acre garden is the nation's largest rose showcase, featuring
38,000 rose bushes representing nearly 500 varieties. roses are
at their floral peak from May to November. Commercial growers
around Tyler ship hundreds of thousands of bushes to nurseries
throughout the nation and to 25 foreign countries. Open daily.
Located on West Front Street.
- TYLER MUSEUM OF ART - Features
changing displays focusing on special artist or collection. Modern
museum building adjacent to Tyler Junior College campus. Open
Sept - June, Tues - Sat from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m; Sun 1 -5 p.m. Located
at 1300 South Malon Avenue.
- TYLER STATE PARK - A 994 acre
scenic playground is in one of the finest forested sections of
Texas. Facilities include camping, picnicking, nature trail, screened
shelters, rest rooms and showers, snack bar, fishing, swimming,
and boats. Located ten mile north via F.M.14, Park Road 16. There
is an admission fee.
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