Tyler Pop. 83,650 Alt 558


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 Hwy.,

Caldwell Zoo-

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 King Dr.

Camp Ford-

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.

Discovery Place-

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.


Legrande HouseLeGrand 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.

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.

Palestine, Tyler and Tyler East.

Municipal Rose Garden & Museum-

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 Garden Center.

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 Ave.

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.



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