Chartered in 1847, it was named for President John Tyler. Its diversified economy is based on oil, manufacturing and agriculture. A famous product is the Tyler rose bush. The city is the site of Texas College, University of Texas at Tyler, and Tyler Junior College. It also is the home of "Apache Belles," famous precision dance-drill team.

The Azalea & Spring Flower Trail occurs in late March and early April. 800/235-5712. The East Texas State Fair is held in late September.

Tyler rose season is in October. The Texas Rose Festival, the third week in October, attracts thousands with many of the events held at the Municipal Rose Garden. 903/597-3130. Many different events are held the weekend before, during and after the festival.

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