Chartered in 1847, it was named for President John Tyler. Its diversified economy is based on oil, manufacturing and agriculture (especially rose bushes). The city is the site of Texas College, University of Texas at Tyler, and Tyler Junior College. It also is home to the "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 is in the third week in October, with many other events held before, during and after the festival. At the Municipal Rose Garden. 903/597-3130.