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Photo Gallery of Downtown Tyler Texas

West Erwin Street Sign Downtown ... Tyler Texas, established 1846West Erwin Street Sign Downtown
Tyler: Established 1846

Named for President John Tyler, the city was established on April 11, 1846 by the Texas Legislature as it also created Smith County. Tyler was designated the county seat.

Downtown Tyler today features numerous historical structures, government buildings and a reviving business district. Featured in our photo gallery are historic churches, the downtown Tyler skyline, Smith County Courthouse, Tyler City Hall, streetscapes and other scenes.

The Liberty Theater, 103 E. Erwin, downtown Tyler ...
before restoration and re-use

The Liberty is once again home to memory-making events and entertainment after it was converted into Liberty Hall and re-opened in September 2011
The Liberty Theater in downtown Tyler Texas ... prior to restoration and re-use, and re-opening in 2011 as Liberty Hall

Liberty Hall ... after restoration, September, 2011
Liberty Hall ... after restoration, September, 2011, downtown Tyler, Texas

Read more about Liberty Hall and Liberty Theater


Downtown Tyler Texas skyline
Downtown Tyler Texas skyline

The site of the old Smith County Texas courthouse, looking east towards the current courthouse The site of the old Smith County Texas courthouse, looking east towards the current courthouse

Tyler Texas historical survey marker in the downtown square
Tyler Texas historical survey marker in the downtown square: IN AREA OPENED 1839 TO WHITE SETTLERS BY REPUBLIC OF TEXAS VICTORIES OVER CHEROKEE INDIANS WHOSE TRAILS LED THE WAY TO GOOD SPRINGS, FINE FARMLANDS, USEFUL SALINES. THE FIRST LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS NAMED THE TOWN (FOUNDED 1846) FOR PRESIDENT JOHN TYLER, WHO SIGNED THE RESOLUTION ANNEXING TEXAS TO THE UNITED STATES. ORIGINALLY A FARM MARKET, TYLER IN EARLY YEARS HAD FEW MEN OF WEALTH, BUT BY 1860 WAS KNOWN FOR GOOD SCHOOLS, CHURCHES AND CULTURED CITIZENS. SEVERAL MEN HERE RAISED AND COMMANDED TROOPS IN CIVIL WAR. AFTER MID-1863 THIS WAS TRANSPORTATION HEADQUARTERS FOR TRANS-MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF THE CONFEDERACY. IT HAD AN ORDNANCE FACTORY AND WAS SITE OF CAMP FORD -- THE LARGEST P.O.W. POST WEST OF THE MISSISSIPPI. IN 1870'S IMPORTANT AS SITE OF RAILROAD SHOPS AND ROUNDHOUSE. DEVELOPED INDUSTRIES, MANUFACTURING, FRUIT AND VEGETABLE PACKING, SHIPPING, EXPANDING ECONOMY. FURNISHED TEXAS WITH STATESMEN, INCLUDING GOVERNOR RICHARD B. HUBBARD (IN OFFICE 1876-1879), O.M. ROBERTS (1879-1883) AND JAMES STEPHEN HOGG (1891-1895).  UPON DISCOVERY OF NEARBY EAST TEXAS OIL FIELD IN 1931, BECAME INVESTMENT, BANKING, SERVICING CENTER. HOME OF TYLER JUNIOR COLLEGE, ANNUAL ROSE FESTIVAL. (1968)

Smith County Texas Court House
Smith County Texas Court House

Streetscape, downtown Tyler Texas, including the site of the Arcadia Theater
Streetscape, downtown Tyler Texas, including the site of the Arcadia Theater

The Tyler City Hall, Downtown Tyler, Texas
The Tyler City Hall, Downtown Tyler, Texas

The Woman's Building, South Broadway Avenue, Tyler, Texas
The Woman's Building, South Broadway Avenue, Tyler, Texas

The Fitzgerald Home, on South Broadway Avenue, Tyler, Texas
The Fitzgerald Home, on South Broadway Avenue, Tyler, Texas

First Presbyterian Church, Tyler, Texas
First Presbyterian Church, Tyler, Texas

Marvin United Methodist Church, Tyler, Texas
Marvin United Methodist Church, Tyler, Texas

Tyler Texas downtown skyline, looking west from the courthouse
Tyler Texas downtown skyline, looking west

Tyler Texas downtown skyline, looking east
Tyler Texas downtown skyline, looking east

Tyler Texas store facades ... before the fire ... now being restored in 2011
Tyler Texas store facades ... before the fire ... now being restored in 2011

Tyler Theater, downtown Tyler Texas
Tyler Theater, downtown Tyler Texas

Tyler Texas downtown skyline
Tyler Texas downtown skyline

Tyler Texas Federal Courthouse, downtown Tyler
Tyler Texas Federal Courthouse, downtown Tyler

First Baptist Church
First Baptist Church, downtown Tyler Texas

LeGrand - Goodman House and Museum
LeGrand - Goodman House and Museum, Tyler, TX

Concrete water tower, downtown Tyler
Built in 1957, stands 206 feet tall, and is still in daily use by the City of Tyler
Originally had space for a nuclear fallout shelter for 750 people

Concrete water tower, downtown Tyler, Texas, owned by the City of Tyler, still in use daily

The J. Pabst Building
The J. Pabst Building in downtown Tyler Texas

Brick Streets National Historic District, Tyler, Texas, established 2004
Brick Streets National Historic District, Tyler, Texas

Tyler Red Brick Streets
Tyler Red Brick Streets

The Cotton Belt train depot in Tyler, Texas, opened in 1905
The last passenger train in Tyler was in April, 1956, and the depot was later donated to the City of Tyler. It is now the site of the Cotton Belt Museum.

Tyler Texas Train Station and Museum

Tyler Tap Railroad Historic Marker in Tyler Texas ... route of the Cotton Belt
The Tyler Tap Railroad began operations in 1877
Tyler Tap Railroad Historic Marker in Tyler Texas ... route of the Cotton Belt

Historic Oakwood Cemetery, the oldest cemetery in Tyler
located near downtown ... entrance

Historic Oakwood Cemetery, near downtown Tyler Texas ... entrance

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