This book is in Arcadia Publishing’s series Images of America, which are photographic histories. The book contains 230 vintage images covering the time range from Tyler’s founding through the decade of the 1960s, presented in chronological order. These images, including some of the earliest known photographs of Tyler, cover topics from the Civil War to the Texas Rose Festival, giving an overview of the events, places, and people that make up Tyler’s past.
Nestled in the beautiful Piney Woods of East Texas, Tyler is known as the “Rose Capital of America.” While the moniker is well-deserved given the local rose industry, the Rose Festival, and its claim to America’s largest municipal rose garden, Tyler’s history is just as colorful as any rose. From the days when it hosted the largest Confederate prisoner-of-war camp west of the Mississippi River, through the years when cotton, fruit trees, and then roses became the local cash crops, to the time when the East Texas oil field was discovered and launched a new economy, Tyler boasts a fascinating past.