Tyler is a place where small town charm meets big city culture.

In April of 1846, an area centrally located in Smith County and on a hilltop was selected as the county seat. The county seat was named Tyler for President John Tyler, in recognition of his support for admitting Texas into the United States.

When a peach blight wiped out much of the fruit industry, many farmers turned to growing roses, which proved ideally suited to the climate and soil of the Tyler area. By the 1920s the rose industry had developed into a major business, and by the 1940s more than half the U.S. supply of rose bushes was grown within ten miles of Tyler. The flourishing rose business gave rise to the Texas Rose Festival in 1933, which has become one of Tyler's major attractions to this day and coined Tyler the name of “The Rose Capital of America”. The Tyler Municipal Rose garden is over 14 acres and has 200 varieties of roses.

Today, Tyler has a population of more than 108,063 and covers 57.16 square miles.Tyler is located in Northeast Texas just about 100 miles east of Dallas.

The city is considered the manufacturing, health care, educational and retail center of all of East Texas. Tyler has also been named a certified retirement community. UT Health Tyler, which was founded in 2018, was just recently recognized for excellence with the Ardent Cup, the highest honor awarded by Ardent Health Services.

East Texas is also known as the “Piney Woods” of the state and Tyler State Park is an elegant display of 100 foot tall pine trees, a 64 acre spring fed lake, and over 13 miles of biking and hiking trails. Tyler is also home to Stanley’s Famous Barbecue which has been named as one of the top 50 BBQ joints in the entire state of Texas.

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