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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.

Tyler Texas Visitor Center at 110 N. College Avenue

Downtown Tyler today features numerous historical structures, government buildings and a reviving business district and nightlife.

Tyler Visitor Center

The Tyler Visitor’s Center is located in the Plaza Tower in the heart of Downtown Tyler at 110 N. College Avenue, Suite 105.

Street parking is available; metered parking is free on the weekend and after 5pm on weekdays.

Visitors can find free maps, activity guides and brochures, or can choose to purchase any of the many souvenirs that the gift shop has to offer, including stickers, shot glasses, posters, pins, mugs, T-shirts, hats, and local college memorabilia.

For more information about Tyler, or the Visitor Center, visit the website of the Tyler Convention & Visitors Bureau and Visit Tyler on Facebook

Dining Downtown

 

Shopping and Things to Do Downtown

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

Downtown Tyler Events

There is always something fun and exciting in downtown Tyler! With festivals, art shows, parades and Christmas lights, events are plentiful year round!

Events such as the Red Dirt BBQ & Music Festival attract thousands of visitors downtown. Other events include the Downtown Tyler Music Festival, CityFest, Hit the Bricks, the Tyler Azalea Trails just south of downtown, and Downtown Tyler's Holiday Open House.

Historical Sites and the Tyler Half Mile of History

Tyler Half Mile of History ... plaque honoring Texas Governor Richard B. Hubbard
Tyler Half Mile of History ... plaque honoring Texas Governor Richard B. Hubbard

Much of Tyler's history is being chonicled in the Half Mile of History, which pays tribute to people, places and events that have contributed to the history of Tyler and Smith County.

The Half Mile of History is a permanent, outdoor, half-mile loop surrounding the courthouse square in downtown Tyler, administered by the City of Tyler.

Read about one of the people on the loop ... Walter E. Stewart.

More historical resources in Downtown Tyler:

Historic Districts

A number of historic districts have been identified in Tyler, many of which are near downtown:

  • Antique District
  • Azalea District
  • Brick Streets National Historic District
  • Charnwood Residential Historic District
  • Donnybrook Duplex District
  • East Ferguson District
  • Overlay District
  • Short-Line District

About Tyler's Historic Districts at HistoricTyler.org

Brick Streets National Historic District

Established 2004

Brick Streets National Historic District, Tyler, Texas Tyler Red Brick Streets

Cotton Belt Depot Museum

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 Cotton Belt Museum Tyler Texas Train Station and Cotton Belt Museum

 

Lodging Downtown

Tyler has no major hotels or motels in the downtown area, so you might want to book one of the many fine hotel properties in the South Broadway Corridor, only about 5 miles south of downtown.

The downtown area does feature nearby bed & breakfast inns, including those listed below.
Rosevine Inn Bed and Breakfast and Extended Stay Lodging
Rosevine Inn Bed and Breakfast and Extended Stay Lodging in downtown Tyler, Texas

415 South Vine Avenue near downtown Tyler. Rosevine has 4 unique guest rooms (each with a private bath) and 2 fabulous auites. Rosevine Extended Stay Suites are also available in an array of 1930s vintage homes that have been restored and furnished in the same period. There are 5 Executive Suites and 3 Rooms to choose from.

Website and on Facebook

Rosevine Reviews on TripAdvisor

Phone 903.592.2221

The Woldert-Spence Manor - 1859 Bed & Breakfast Inn
The Woldert-Spence Manor - 1859 Bed & Breakfast Inn in downtown Tyler, Texas

611 West Woldert, near downtown Tyler. Tyler's oldest B&B is an historic landmark restored to its prior beauty, and the closest lodging facility to the downtown Tyler square. The inn offers a total of 7 guest rooms, (3 downstairs and 4 upstairs). All rooms have private bathrooms with wall-mounted hairdryers and wireless internet access. Choose from king, queen, or full-size beds.

Website and on Facebook

Woldert-Spence Reviews on TripAdvisor

Phone 903.533.9057

Wren in the Willows
Wren in the Willows ... a Bed & Breakfast in Tyler, Texas

501 South Fannin Avenue, downtown. This lovingly restored the home has 5 imaginative and comfortable literary themed rooms: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Alice in Wonderland, Around the World in 80 Days, The Great Gatsby, and The Little Prince. The home also offers a large amount of social space including a double living area, library, dining room, and full kitchen.

Website and on Facebook

Wren in the Willows Reviews on TripAdvisor

Phone 817.821.3874

This website has no affiliation or connection with the above lodging properties. It is always recommended that travelers do their own research and make informed decisions about the lodging they book.


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

Downtown Tyler, Texas skyline
Downtown Tyler Texas skyline

 

Interactive Map of Downtown Tyler Texas


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)Tyler, Texas historical survey marker in the downtown square
The Smith County Courthouse on Broadway, Downtown Tyler, TexasThe Smith County Courthouse on Broadway Avenue, at the Square, Downtown Tyler, Texas, dedicated in August of 1955

 

 

The Liberty Theater in downtown Tyler Texas ... prior to restoration and re-use, and re-opening in 2011 as Liberty Hall

Liberty Hall

The Liberty Theater, 103 E. Erwin, downtown Tyler before restoration (right) 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.

Shown below is the Liberty Hall after restoration.

About Liberty Hall

Liberty Hall, downtown Tyler Texas, with skyline in background


Caldwell Auditorium

The Caldwell Auditorium is part of the Caldwell Elementary Arts Academy, and is operated by the Tyler Independent School District (TISD). It is located at 300 South College Avenue near downtown Tyler.

It is the site of a variety of performances and musical events through the year, including concerts sponsored by the Tyler Community Concert Association.

About the Caldwell Auditorium

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

Woman's Building, South Broadway Avenue, Tyler, Texas, built in 1932

Woman's Building

Shown in the photo to the right is the Woman's Building, South Broadway Avenue, Tyler, Texas, built in 1932.

In September of 2016, the Tyler Woman’s Building Inc. Board of Directors gave to the United Way of Smith County the deed and keys to the historic, 84-year-old structure.

The United Way budgeted $2.6 million of renovations to the interior and exterior of the building.

Historic Homes

The Bonner-Whitaker-McClendon House, built in 1878, designated a Tyler Historic Landmark in 1984

The Bonner-Whitaker-McClendon House, built in 1878, designated a Tyler Historic Landmark in 1984. Located at 806 West Houston

Classic Tyler home, at the corner of S. Fannin Avenue and E. Charnwood Street

Classic Tyler home, at the corner of S. Fannin Avenue and E. Charnwood Street

The Smith - Butler House, circa 1890 ... 419 West Houston, Tyler, TexasThe Smith - Butler House, circa 1890, 419 West Houston Memory Lane Inn ... a Crafting Retreat, in Tyler Texas

Memory Lane Inn ... a Crafting Retreat

LeGrand - Goodman House and Museum, North Broadway Avenue, Tyler, Texas

LeGrand - Goodman House and Museum, North Broadway

The Fitzgerald House on Broadway Avenue in Tyler, TexasThe Fitzgerald House Woldert-Spence Manor, in Tyler Texas

Woldert-Spence Manor

Downtown Churches

First Baptist Church in downtown Tyler, Texas
First Baptist Church in downtown Tyler, Texas

First Presbyterian Church at 230 West Rusk Street, opened in 1950
First Presbyterian Church, Tyler, Texas

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

 

More Scenes Around Downtown

Federal Courthouse, downtown Tyler
Tyler Texas Federal Courthouse, downtown Tyler
The Tyler Theater
Tyler Theater, downtown Tyler Texas

 

Historic Oakwood Cemetery, near downtown Tyler Texas ... entranceHistoric Oakwood Cemetery, the oldest cemetery in Tyler
located near downtown
Concrete water tower, downtown Tyler, Texas, owned by the City of Tyler, still in use daily

Built in 1957, this concrete water tower stands 206 feet tall, and is still in daily use by the City of Tyler. It also originally functioned as a fallout shelter for 750 people

West Oak Villages and Townhomes

Coming soon to Downtown Tyler - West Oak Villages
West Oak Villages, Downtown, Tyler, Texas
Coming soon to Downtown Tyler - West Oak Townhomes
West Oak Townhomes, Downtown, Tyler, Texas


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