Chartered 1847, named for President
John Tyler. Diversified economy based on oil, manufacturing
and agriculture. A famous product is the Tyler rosebush. Site
of Texas College, Univ. of Texas at Tyler, and Tyler junior
College, home of "Apache Belles," famous precision
dance-drill team, East Texas Fair, six days late Sept. 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 -
in mid-Oct. attracts thousands to the
floral gala. includes queen's coronation, rose show, parade
and tours to rose nurseries. Most events at Municipal Rose
Garden. Admission to some events.
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 museum is an
antique fire truck, as well as picnic tables. Open Tues. -
Fri. 9 a.m. - noon, I - 4 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Closed
major holidays. For groups of 15 or more, call two weeks in
advance, (903)534-2169, At 1600 W.S.W. Loop 323 & Old Jacksonville
Started in 1938 as backyard menagerie;
now a free 35-acre zoo with elephant and giraffe houses,
monkey islan I birds, bears, alligators, aquarium; native
Texas exhibit, and even a cow (milking hours posted).
Designed especially for enjoyment of
children. Petting zoo. open daily; Apr. - Sept. 9:30 a,m. - 6
p.m.; Oct. - Mar. 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 2203 Martin Luther
At its zenith in spring of 1864,
Camp Ford stockade contained some 6,000 Union troops-largest
prisoner of war compound west of the Mississippi. An
historical marker in rest area on U.S. 271 two miles
northeast provides details.
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. Sun., I - 5 p.m. 125 S. College St.
Hands-on children's learning center
featuring exhibits illustrating science concepts. Fun for the
entire family! Open Tues. - Sat. 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m 308 N.
Broadway St. Admission.
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 antebellum
years, 18th-Century dental and medical tools, medicines,
antique dressers and period furniture. Open Mar. Oct. Wed. -
Sun., I - 5 p.m.; Nov, - Feb., Mon. - Fri. I - 5 p.m. Closed
holidays. 624 N. Broadway.
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.
Palestine, Tyler and Tyler East.
Municipal Rose Garden &
22-acre garden is nation's largest rose
showcase, featuring 38,000 rose bushes representing nearly
500 varieties. Roses are at their floral peak May - Nov.
Commercial growers around Tyler ship hundreds of thousands of
bushes to nurseries throughout the nation and to 25 foreign
countries. Open daily. W. Front St.Rose museum features
educational exhibits of the rose-growing industry and
displays former Rose Festival memorabilia, including queens'
dresses Museum open Tues. - Sat. 9 a.m. - 4 p,m., Sun, 1:30
p.m. - 4 p.m. Closed holidays. 420 South Rose Parkway in Rose
Tyler Museum of Art-
Features changing displays focusing on
special artist or collection. Modern museum building adjacent
to Tyler junior College campus. Open Sept. - Jun. Tues. -
Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sun. I - 5 p.m. 1300 S. Mahon
Tyler State Park-
994-acre scenic playground is in
one of finest forested sections of Texas. Facilities include
camping, picnicking, nature trail, screened shelters, rest
rooms and showers, snack bar, fishing, swimming, and boats.
Ten miles north via FM 14, Park Road 16. Admission.