Tyler, Texas

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Food & Drink

1836 Texas Kitchen
2647 Crow Rd. • 903-630-7725
Andy’s Frozen Custard
6106 S. Broadway • 903-509-2639
Aspen Creek Grill
1725 W. SW Loop 323 • 903-630-8370
Athena Greek & American Family Restaurant
1601 W SW Loop 323 • 903-561-8065
Bahama Buck’s
6623 S Broadway Ave. • 903-630-6413
Bamboo Garden
1246 NNW Loop 323 • 903-561-2400
Bernard Mediterranean Cuisine
212 Grande Ste. C-106 • 903-534-0265
Black Pearl
108 W Erwin St. • 903-531-2415
Breakers: A Seafood Joint
5106 Old Bullard Rd. • 903-534-0161
Brewster’s Bar & Grill
8374 Paluxy Dr. • 757-744-4296

Bud Jones Bayou
500 E Erwin St • 903-593-5488

Cantina Laredo
7428 Old Jacksonville Hwy • 903-630-5423

Chiangmai Thai Kitchen
8970 S. Broadway Ave • 903-534-8424

Coyote Sam’s
5424 Old Jacksonville • 903-509-4222

Dakota’s Steak & Chop House
5377 S. Broadway • 903-581-6700

Daniel Boone’s Grill & Tavern
1920 E. Southeast Loop 323 • 903-595-2228

Don Juan on the Square
113 E. Erwin St • 903-526-0702

El Charro on the Ridge
6899 Oak Hill Blvd. • 903-617-6022

ETX Brewing Company
221 S. Broadway Ave • 903-630-7720

FD’s Grill House
8934 S. Broadway Ste 494 • 903-630-7683

First Watch
150 E. 9th St • 903-592-3447

Foundry Coffee House
202 S. Broadway Ave • 903-944-7805

Fuzion Eleven
5377 S. Broadway Ave • 903-526-0655

Garage Bar
418 E. Erwin St • 903-617-7713

Go Fish Modern Japanese Kitchen
127 W. SW Loop 323 • 903-747-8662

Great American Grill
220 E. Grande Blvd • 903-509-1166

Greenberg Smoked Turkey
221 McMurrey Dr • 903-595-0725

Grub Burger Bar
6519 S. Broadway Ave • 903-508-4714

Gusterz Gourmet Pop
8934 S. Broadway Ave #432 • 903-581-7677

Happy’s Fish House
2202 E. 5th St • 903-944-7921

Honey Tree
211 Shelley Dr • 903-561-5329

Kiepersol Estates Winery
4120 FM 344 E • 903-894-8995

King Tortas
319 N. Beckham Ave • 903-593-1609

Lago Del Pino
11468 CR 1134 • 903-561-5246

Loggins Restaurant
137 S. Glenwood Blvd • 903-595-5022

Lola’s Handcrafted Sandwiches
16700 FM 2493 #600 • 903-630-5652

Marco’s Pizza
7924 S. Broadway Ave • 903-561-5550

Margarita’s Mexican Restaurant
1327 E. Front St • 903-593-5954

Mario’s Italian Restaurant
7916 S. Broadway #200 • 903-581-2309

Martinez Tortilla Factory
1037 E. Erwin St • 903-533-1212

Moocho Burrito
200 W. Erwin St • 903-595-8920

Nektar
8934 S. Broadway Ave #402 • 903-224-8300

Oliveto Italian Bistro
3709 Troup Hwy • 903-581-2678

Piada Italian Street Food
8942 S. Broadway Ave

Portofino’s Italian Restaurant
3320 Troup Hwy Ste 170 • 903-533-1000

Razzoo’s Cajun Cafe
7011 S. Broadway Ave • 903-534-2922

Republic Icehouse
3807 University Blvd • 903-504-5860

Rick’s on the Square
104 W. Erwin • 903-531-2415

Roast Social Kitchen
1125 E. 5th St • 903-202-0295

Rose City Drafthouse
5393 S. Broadway Ave • 903-561-2739

Rudy’s Country Store & BBQ
1410 S. SW Loop 323 • 903-597-8391

Sister2Sister Cookies
322 E. SE Loop 323 #300 • 903-561-7733

Skyline Cafe
150 Airport Dr • 903-593-7455

Sola Bread Co.
2453 Earl Cambell Pkwy • 903-316-9648

South Tyler Speakeasy
16884 FM Rd 2493 • 903-534-1884

Spring Creek BBQ
5810 S. Broadway • 903-561-5695

Strada Cafe
302 E. Front St • 903-944-7744

Summerfield’s Club
5701 S. Broadway Ave • 903-561-5800

Sushi Guy
3979 University Blvd • 903-747-3450

Sweet Sue’s Family Restaurant
3350 S. Southwest Loop 323 • 903-581-5464

Taj Mahal
5221 S. Broadway Ave Ste 8 • 903-363-9202

Texas De Brazil
2376 Dueling Oaks Dr Ste 100 • 903-231-9000

The Porch at ETX
221 S. Broadway Ave • 903-630-7720

Traditions
6205 S. Broadway • 903-534-1111

True Vine Brewing Co.
2453 Earl Campbell Pkwy • 903-600-0124

Twisted Root Burger
4601 S. Broadway Ave • 903-630-0771

Villagio Del Vino
4803 Old Bullard Rd Ste 102 • 903-534-8466

Wasabi Sushi Bar
5617 Donnybrook • 903-939-0211

Whatsub Banh Mi
7924 S. Broadway Ave Ste 500 • 903-630-6476

Zoe’s Kitchen
8926 S. Broadway Ave Ste 104 • 903-939-0925

Shop

903 Handmade
253 S. Broadway Ave • 903-630-7823

Beef Jerky Outlet
8942 S. Broadway Ave., Suite 132 • 903-561-8822

Brands and Threads
257 S. Broadway Ave

Bridgette’s
4815 Old Bullard Rd • 903-561-3136

Found Objects
117 W. Front St

Moonrivers Naturals
243 S. Broadway Ave • 903-630-6414

Moss-Where Flowers Are Fair
237 S. Broadway Ave • 903-787-8822

Spinout
7266 Old Jacksonville Hwy • 903-526-2226

Places / Events / Things To Do

1859 Goodman-Legrand Home & Museum
624 N. Broadway Ave • 903-531-1286

Bergfield Park
1510 S. College Ave • 903-531-1370

Bonner-Whitaker McClendon House
806 W. Houston St • 903-592-3533

Caldwell Zoo
2203 Martin Luther King Blvd • 903-593-0121

Camp Ford Historic Park
6500 U.S. 271 • 903-592-5993

Center for Earth & Space Science Education
1411 E. Lake St • 903-510-2312

Children’s Park
110 E. Dobbs St • 903-939-1597

Discovery Science Place
308 N. Broadway Ave • 903-533-8011

Faulkner Park
410 Cumberland Rd • 903-531-1370

Historic Aviation Memorial Museum
150 Airport Dr • 903-526-1945

Legrand Rose Garden
624 N. Broadway Ave • 903-531-1286

Pelle Legna Vineyards
18655 CR 418 • 903-521-6266

Smith County Historical Society
125 S. College Ave • 903-592-5993

Texas State Railroad
535 Park Road 76 • 855-632-7729

Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge
17552 Farm to Market 14 • 903-858-1008

Tyler Municipal Rose Garden
1900 W. Front St • 903-531-1212

Tyler Museum of Art
1300 S. Mahon Ave • 903-595-1001

Tyler Rose Museum
420 Rose Park Dr • 903-597-3130

Waterpark at the Villages
18270 Singing Wood Ln • 903-534-8400

Merchandise

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Tyler Fast Facts

• Founded: 1846
• County: Smith
• Population: 104,991 (est)
• Metro Area Population: 209,714
• Know As: The Rose Capital of America
• Record High Temp: 115
• Record Low Temp: – 3
• Famous People:
Sandy Duncan (Actress)
Louie Gohmert (Congressman)
Earl Campball (Football)

Patrick Mahomes (Football)

Map of Tyler

History of Tyler

Tyler is the county seat of Smith County, located in east-central Texas, United States. The city of Tyler has long been Smith County’s major economic, educational, financial, medical, and cultural hub. The city is named for John Tyler, the tenth President of the United States.

Tyler had a population of 96,900 in 2010, according to the United States Census Bureau, and Tyler’s 2017 estimated population was 104,991. It is 100 miles (160 km) east-southeast of Dallas. Tyler is the principal city of the Tyler Metropolitan Statistical Area, which had a population of 209,714 in 2010, and is the regional center of the Tyler-Jacksonville combined statistical area, which had a population of 260,559 in 2010.

Tyler is known as the “Rose Capital of America” (also the “Rose City” and the “Rose Capital of the World”), a nickname it earned from a long history of rose production, cultivation, and processing. It is home to the largest rose garden in the United States, a 14-acre public garden complex that boasts over 38,000 rose bushes of at least 500 different varieties. The Tyler Rose Garden is also home to the annual Texas Rose Festival, attracting tourists by the thousands each year in mid-October. Tyler is also home to the Caldwell Zoo and Broadway Square Mall.

In 1985, the international Adopt-a-Highway movement originated in Tyler. After appeals by local Texas Department of Transportation officials, the local Civitan chapter adopted a 2-mi (3-km) stretch of U.S. Highway 69 to maintain. Drivers and other motorists traveling on this segment of US-69 (between Tyler and nearby Lindale) will notice brown road signs that read, “First Adopt-A-Highway in the World.”

Legal recognition of Tyler was initiated by an act of the state legislature on April 11, 1846. Texas created Smith County and authorized a county seat. The first plat designated a 28-block town site centered by a main square, located within a 100-acre tract acquired by Smith County on February 6, 1847. The new town was named for President John Tyler, who advocated for annexation of Texas by the United States. A log building on the north side of the square functioned as courthouse and public meeting hall until it was displaced by a brick courthouse in 1852. On January 29, 1850, Tyler was incorporated. Early religious and social institutions included the First Baptist church and a Methodist church, a Masonic Lodge and an Odd Fellows Lodge, and Tyler’s first newspaper.

Though Tyler’s early economy (1847–1873) was based on agriculture, it was also well-diversified during this period. Logging was a second major industry, while complementary manufacturing included metal working, milling wood, and leather tanning. As the seat of Smith County, the town also benefited from government activity. The local agricultural economy relied on slave labor before the Civil War. By 1860, Tyler held over 1,000 enslaved persons, which represented 35 percent of the town’s population.

So there was strong support for secession and the Confederacy within Tyler, as a high percentage of its residents voted for secession and many of its men joined the Confederate Army. The town was secure enough for the Confederacy to establish the largest ordnance plant in Texas. In 1870, the first bank in Tyler was established by Bonner and Williams. Though both the Texas and Pacific Railroad and the International Railroad (Texas) eschewed routes through Tyler, the town gained an important rail connection when the Houston and Great Northern built a branch line in 1874.

Toward the end of the nineteenth century, fruit orchards emerged as an important new business in the regional economy. Eighty percent of the county agricultural revenue derived from cotton as it persisted as the dominant crop in the first decades of the twentieth century. Peaches were the principal fruit crop as the county fruit tree inventory surpassed one million by 1900. Disease struck the peach trees, though, and local farmers moved toward growing roses by the 1920s. Twenty years later, most of the US rose supply originated in the Tyler area.

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