Tyler is the county seat of Smith County, located in east-central Texas, United States. The city of Tyler has long been Smith County's major economic, educational, financial, medical, and cultural hub. The city is named for John Tyler, the tenth President of the United States. Tyler had a population of 96,900 in 2010, according to the United States Census Bureau, and Tyler's 2017 estimated population was 104,991. It is 100 miles (160 km) east-southeast of Dallas. Tyler is the principal city of the Tyler Metropolitan Statistical Area, which had a population of 209,714 in 2010, and is the regional center of the Tyler-Jacksonville combined statistical area, which had a population of 260,559 in 2010.
|City of Tyler|
Rose City, Rose Capital, Rose Capital of America
A Natural Beauty
|Named for||John Tyler|
|• Mayor||Martin Heines (D)|
|• City Council|
|• City Manager||Edward Broussard|
|• City||54.376 sq mi (140.833 km2)|
|• Land||54.2 sq mi (140.5 km2)|
|• Water||0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)|
|Elevation||544 ft (165 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Rank||US: 287th|
|• Density||1,800/sq mi (690/km2)|
|• Urban||130,247 (US: 247th)|
|• Metro||216,080 (US: 200th)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (Central)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (Central)|
|GNIS feature ID||1348998|
|Major State Highways|
Tyler is known as the "Rose Capital of America" (also the "Rose City" and the "Rose Capital of the World"), a nickname it earned from a long history of rose production, cultivation, and processing. It is home to the largest rose garden in the United States, a 14-acre public garden complex that has over 38,000 rose bushes of at least 500 different varieties. The Tyler Rose Garden is also home to the annual Texas Rose Festival, attracting tourists by the thousands each year in mid-October. Tyler is also home to the Caldwell Zoo and Broadway Square Mall.
As a regional educational and technology center, Tyler is the host for more than 20,000 higher-education students, a college of engineering, a university health science center, and two regional hospital systems.
In 1985, the international Adopt-a-Highway movement originated in Tyler. After appeals by local Texas Department of Transportation officials, the local Civitan chapter adopted a 2-mi (3-km) stretch of U.S. Highway 69 to maintain. Drivers and other motorists traveling on this segment of US-69 (between Tyler and nearby Lindale) will notice brown road signs that read, "First Adopt-A-Highway in the World."
Tyler is located at  at 544 feet (166 m) above sea level. Tyler is surrounded by many smaller cities, including Whitehouse, Lindale, New Chapel Hill, Bullard, Edom, Brownsboro, Kilgore, Flint, and Chandler.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 54.4 square miles (140.8 km2), of which 54.2 mi2 (140.5 km2) are land and 0.1 mi2(0.3 km2²) is covered by water.
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The record high for Tyler is 115 °F (46 °C), which occurred in 2011. The record low for Tyler is −3 °F (−19 °C), which occurred on January 18, 1930.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the 2010 census, 96,900 people resided in the city of Tyler, Texas. The population density was 1,782.0 people per square mile (688.0/km²). The 41,742 housing units averaged a density of 716.7 per mi2(276.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was: 60.5% White, 24.8% Black, 0.5% Native American, 1.9% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 10.3% from other races, and 2.0% from two or more races. About 21.2% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. The median income for the city was $42,752 and the poverty rate was 19.5%.
Legal recognition of Tyler was initiated by an act of the state legislature on April 11, 1846. Texas created Smith County and authorized a county seat. The first plat designated a 28-block town site centered by a main square, located within a 100-acre tract acquired by Smith County on February 6, 1847. The new town was named for President John Tyler, who advocated for annexation of Texas by the United States. A log building on the north side of the square functioned as courthouse and public meeting hall until it was displaced by a brick courthouse in 1852. On January 29, 1850, Tyler was incorporated. Early religious and social institutions included the First Baptist church and a Methodist church, a Masonic Lodge and an Odd Fellows Lodge, and Tyler’s first newspaper.
Though Tyler’s early economy (1847–1873) was based on agriculture, it was also well-diversified during this period. Logging was a second major industry, while complementary manufacturing included metal working, milling wood, and leather tanning. As the seat of Smith County, the town also benefited from government activity. The local agricultural economy relied on slave labor before the Civil War. By 1860, Tyler held over 1000 enslaved persons, which represented 35 percent of the town’s population. So there was strong support for secession and the Confederacy within Tyler, as a high percentage of its residents voted for secession and many of its men joined the Confederate Army. The town was secure enough for the Confederacy to establish the largest ordnance plant in Texas. In 1870, the first bank in Tyler was established by Bonner and Williams. Though both the Texas and Pacific Railroad and the International Railroad (Texas) eschewed routes through Tyler, the town gained an important rail connection when the Houston and Great Northern built a branch line in 1874.
Toward the end of the nineteenth century, fruit orchards emerged as an important new business in the regional economy. Eighty percent of the county agricultural revenue derived from cotton as it persisted as the dominant crop in the first decades of the twentieth century. Peaches were the principal fruit crop as the county fruit tree inventory surpassed one million by 1900. Disease struck the peach trees, though, and local farmers moved toward growing roses by the 1920s. Twenty years later, most of the US rose supply originated in the Tyler area.
According to the city's most recent Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the city's various funds had $87.7 million in revenues, $101.7 million in expenditures, $49.2 million in total assets, $12.3 million in total liabilities, and $17.6 million in cash in investments.
The structure of the management and coordination of city services is:
|City Manager||Edward Broussard|
|Managing Director of Planning & Economic Development||Heather Nick|
|Managing Director of Culture, Recreation and Tourism Services||Stephanie Franklin|
|Managing Director for Administration (& HR Director)||ReNissa Wade|
|Managing Director of Public Works||Scott Taylor|
|CFO/Finance Director||Keidric Trimble|
|City Engineer||Lisa Crossman|
|Chief of Police||Jimmy Toler|
|Fire Chief||David Coble|
|Director of Parks||Russ Jackson|
|Chief Information Officer||Benny Yazdanpanahi|
|City Attorney||Deborah Pullum|
|Director of Marketing & Communications||Julie Goodgame|
|Vehicle Services Manager||Leroy Sparrow|
|City Librarian||Ashley Taylor|
|Transit General Manager||Robert Gil III|
|Neighborhood Services Manager||Raynesha Hudnall|
|Airport Manager||Davis Dickson|
|Human Resources Manager||Rose Ray|
|Water Utilities Financial Manager||James Yanker|
|Water Utilities Manager||Joan Roberson|
|Development Services Engineer||Michael Wilson, P.E.|
The Northeast Texas Public Health District is a political subdivision under the State of Texas established by the City of Tyler and Smith County. In place for nearly 70 years, the Health District became a separate entity in 1994, with an administrative Public Health Board. With a stated vision "To be the Healthiest Community in Texas", the district has a full-time staff of over 130 employees. The Health District has a broad range of services and responsibilities dedicated to their mission: "To Protect, Promote, and Provide for the Health of Our Community."
In June 2015, City Manager Edward Broussard canceled a scheduled appearance of Lou Ann Smoot, a local LGBT activist, at the Tyler Public Library. He said there was a possibility that children might attend her book talk.
Colleges and universitiesEdit
Tyler's higher education institutions include the University of Texas at Tyler and the University of Texas Health Center at Tyler, both part of the University of Texas System, as well as Texas College, the city's only HBCU, and Tyler Junior College.
Primary and secondary schoolsEdit
Public primary and secondary education for much of the city is provided by the Tyler Independent School District, which includes high schools John Tyler and Robert E. Lee, as well as Premier High School of Tyler, a public charter school (Cumberland Academy). Several Tyler schools offer international baccalaureate and advanced placement programs.
Portions of incorporated Tyler are served by surrounding school districts. These include sections of southeast Tyler, served by the Whitehouse Independent School District, and some sections in the east which are served by the Chapel Hill Independent School District.
- There are also private schools in Tyler, including Grace Community School (Texas), All Saints Episcopal School, Seventh-day Adventist Church School, King's Academy Christian School, Kingdom Life Academy (Located in the same building but not affiliated with King's Academy), Christian Heritage School, East Texas Christian Academy, and Good Shepherd Reformed Episcopal School. The Brook Hill School in nearby Bullard, TX is also served by the Tyler Independent School District. The Tyler Catholic School System of the Catholic Diocese of Tyler consists of St. Gregory Cathedral School and Bishop Thomas K. Gorman Regional Catholic Middle and High School.
In addition to its role in the rose-growing industry, Tyler is the headquarters for Brookshire Grocery Company, which operates Brookshire's, Fresh, Super 1 Foods, and Spring Market supermarkets in three states (Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas). The company's main distribution center is located in south Tyler, while SouthWest Foods, a subsidiary that processes dairy products, is located just northeast of the city.
The manufacturing sector includes:
- Tyler Pipe, a subsidiary of McWane Inc. that produces soil and utility pipe products
- Trane, a business of Ingersoll-Rand, formerly a unit of American Standard Companies, which manufactures air conditioners and heat pumps (this plant was originally built in 1955 by General Electric)
- Delek Refining, an Israeli-owned oil refinery formerly La Gloria Oil and Gas Co (a Crown Central Petroleum subsidiary)
- PCSFerguson, an operating company of Dover Corporation that specializes in equipment for the measurement and production of natural gas using the plunger lift method
- DYNAenergetics Tyler Distribution Center, part of DYNAenergetics USA, which manufactures perforating equipment and explosives for the oil and gas industry
- Vesuvius USA, manufacturer of refractory ceramics used in the steel industry
- Cavender's, a large regional western wear retailer and manufacturer
According to the City's 2012-2013 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top ten employers in the city are:
|#||Employer||# of Employees|
|1||Trinity Mother Frances Health System||3,775|
|2||UT Health - Tyler||3,153|
|3||Brookshire Grocery Company||2,599|
|4||Tyler Independent School District||2,468|
|8||The University of Texas at Tyler||1,121|
|9||UT Health - Tyler (north campus)||925|
|10||Tyler Junior College||862|
Recreation and tourismEdit
Annually, the Texas Rose Festival draws thousands of tourists to Tyler. The festival, which celebrates the role of the rose-growing industry in the local economy, is held in October and features a parade, the coronation of the Rose Queen, and other civic events. The Rose Museum features the history of the Festival. Tyler is also home to Caldwell Zoo, several local museums, Lake Palestine, Lake Tyler, and numerous golf courses and country clubs. A few miles away in Flint, TX is The WaterPark @ The Villages, a year-round, indoor water park. There is also an "Azalea Trail" in Tyler, which consists of two officially designated routes within the city that showcase homes or other landscaped venues adorned with azalea shrubs. The Azalea Trail also is home to the long-standing tradition of the Azalea Belles. The official greeters of the Azalea Trail are known as the Azalea Belles, young women from the Tyler area who dress in antebellum gowns. The belles are chosen each year from area high schools or home school families, and it is an honor to be chosen.
Tyler State Park, located a few miles North of the city limits, attracts visitors with opportunities to camp, canoe, and paddle boat on the lake. Other available pastimes include picnicking, boating (motors allowed – 5 mph speed limit), boat rentals, fishing, birding, hiking, mountain biking, hiking trails, lake swimming (in unsupervised swimming area), and nature study.
The Smith County Historical Society operates a museum and archives in the old Carnegie Library. The East Texas State Fair is held annually in Tyler. Lake Tyler was the location of the HGTV Dream Home contest in 2005. The 6,500 square feet (600 m²) house helped to boost tourism and interest in the community and surrounding areas. It was subsequently sold at public auction in January 2008, for $1.325 million.
The Smith County Historical Society, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was founded in 1959 by individuals and business firms dedicated to discovering, collecting, and preserving data, records, and other items relating to the history of Smith County, Texas. The Society operates a museum and archives, which is located in the former Carnegie Public Library building in downtown Tyler. Permanent museum exhibits include life-size dioramas of Smith County history, with topics ranging from the Caddo Indians to the 20th century. Other items from the Society's collections are showcased in revolving, temporary exhibits. The Society's archival library contains historical artifacts of Smith County, including newspapers, city directories, school records, photographs, maps, historical papers and rare books. The archives are open to the public for research on a limited schedule with volunteer staff on duty. The society is also the official caretaker of Camp Ford Historic Park.
Camp Ford was the largest Confederate Prisoner of War camp west of the Mississippi River during the American Civil War. The original site of the camp stockade is a public historic park managed by the Smith County Historical Society. The park contains a kiosk, paved trail, interpretive signage, a cabin reconstruction, and a picnic area. It is located on Highway 271, 0.8 miles (1.3 km) north of Loop 323.
Arts and CultureEdit
2018 marks the 50th anniversary of Tyler's Civic Chorale.
The most common form of transportation is the motor vehicle. Tyler is a nexus of several major highways. Interstate 20 runs along the north edge of the city going east and west, U.S. Highway 69 runs north–south through the center of town and State Highway 64 runs east–west through the city. Tyler also has access to U.S. Highway 271, State Highway 31, State Highway 155, and State Highway 110. Loop 323 was established in 1957 and encircles the city, which has continued to grow outside of this loop. Loop 49 is a limited access "outer loop" around the city and currently runs from State Highway 110 south of Tyler to Interstate 20 northwest of Tyler. Loop 124 is 1.5 miles long.
Tyler Transit provides customers with public transportation service within the City of Tyler. The buses run daily, excluding Sundays and holidays. Tyler Transit offers customers the option to purchase tickets, tokens, or passes at the Tyler Transit office, located at 210 E. Oakwood Street inside the Cotton Belt Railroad Depot at the main transfer point. The City of Tyler paratransit service is a shared-ride, public transportation service. Requests for service must be made the day before the service is needed. Trips can be scheduled up to 14 days in advance. ADA compliant paratransit service is provided to all origins and destinations within the service area defined as the city limits of Tyler. Greyhound Lines bus service is available through a downtown terminal.
Tyler Pounds Regional Airport offers service to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport via American Eagle. General Aviation services are provided by two fixed-base operators, Johnson Aviation and the Jet Center of Tyler. Starting July 2nd, 2019, Frontier will start service to Denver.
Tyler was the hub for a series of short-line railroads which later evolved into the St. Louis Southwestern Railway, better known as "The Cotton Belt Route". This line later became part of the Southern Pacific Railroad, which itself merged with the Union Pacific Railroad, which continues to serve the city today. No passenger train service to Tyler has occurred since April 1956, but Amtrak runs through the city of Mineola, a short distance north of Tyler.
Hospitals located in Tyler include UT Health Tyler, Trinity Mother Frances Health System, UT Health North Campus Tyler, and Texas Spine & Joint Hospital. There are also many clinics including the Direct Care Clinic.
Places of worshipEdit
Tyler is the home of many churches, including five large congregations in downtown, the Marvin United Methodist Church, Dayspring United Methodist Church, West Erwin Church of Christ, First Baptist Church, and the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Tyler is also the seat of Catholic Diocese of Tyler, which is particularly noteworthy for its St. Joseph the Worker Parish, one of the few churches in America dedicated to the exclusive use of the Traditional Latin Mass. The parish is staffed by the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter. The city also is the home of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, a 100-plus year sanctuary recently renovated and declared a historic and heritage site by the Catholic Diocese of Tyler. The Saint Peter Claver Parish, located in central Tyler, is the second largest Catholic Church in Tyler and was dedicated to St. Peter Claver, a Franciscan priest that assisted the black slaves in Brazil during the slave trade to South America. There is also a Nazarene church on Old Bullard Road, called Tyler First Church Of The Nazarene. The city also has a Chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints.
Tyler has three United Pentecostal Churches; the largest of them is Tyler Tabernacle located just outside of Loop 323. Park Heights Assembly of God is another and also located just outside Loop 323. The Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic church in East Tyler is also a major center of gathering. The St. Peter and Paul Chapel, a Catholic church, is located next to the Bishop Thomas K. Gorman Regional Catholic School, was constructed and dedicated in 2011, and holds masses in English and Spanish with a significant number of other services offered to all Tyler and neighboring residents. The city's largest church, Green Acres Baptist Church, is located on Troup Highway in southeast Tyler. Tyler is also home to two reformed Baptist churches, Sylvania Church and Living Acts Church, both of which are located in the south Tyler area. Additionally, Tyler has two Jewish houses of prayer, Ahavath Achim, which associates itself with Conservative Judaism and Beth El which adheres to Reform Judaism. Tyler is also home to East Texas Islamic Society, established in 1988, which includes an Islamic house of worship and an Islamic school for children. There's also a Unitarian, Universalist Fellowship on Old Omen Road and Cross Brand Cowboy Church at 11915 FM-2015 Tyler, Texas. The oldest continuously active church in Smith County is the historic 152 year old New Harmony Baptist Church, which is located about 10 miles outside of Tyler at 10251 FM 724 Tyler, TX 75704.
Two Tyler churches were destroyed during the 2010 East Texas church burnings.
Currently, 18 media outlets and one newspaper are located in Tyler, as well as many more in the surrounding areas.
|89.5||KVNE||Christian Contemporary||Encouragement FM|
|92.1||KRWR||Sports||Fox Sports East Texas|
|93.1||KTYL||Hot Adult Contemporary||Mix 93.1|
|96.1||KKTX||Classic Rock||Classic Rock 96.1|
|99.3||KAPW||Spanish Pop||Mega 99.3|
|102.3||KLJT||Top 40||Fun Radio|
|102.7||KBLZ||Urban Contemporary||The Blaze|
|104.1||KKUS||Classic Country||The Ranch|
|106.5||KOOI||Variety Hits||Jack 106.5|
|107.3||KISX||Urban Adult Contemporary||Hot1073Jamz|
College and university teamsEdit
- University of Texas at Tyler Patriots (NCAA Division III)
- Texas College Steers (HBCU)
- Tyler Junior College Apaches (NJCAA)
- Tyler Elbertas (1912)
- Tyler Trojans (1924–1929, 1931, 1935–1940, 1946–1950)
- Tyler Sports (1932)
- Tyler Governors (1933–1934)
- Tyler East Texans (1950–1953)
- Tyler Tigers (1954–1955)
- Tyler Wildcatters (1994–1997)
- Tyler Roughnecks (2001)
- East Texas Twisters (2004)
- Fresh 15 Road Race (Annual)
- Tyler FC (2016–Present)
High school sports teamsEdit
- All Saints Trojans (Private)
- Bishop T.K. Gorman Crusaders (Private)
- Grace Community Cougars (Private)
- Cumberland Academy Knights (Charter)
- EXEL Lions (Home School / 6 Man)
- John Tyler Lions (Public)
- Kings Academy Knights (Private)
- Robert E. Lee Red Raiders (Public)
- Tyler Heat (Home School / 6 Man)
- East Texas Christian Academy Panthers (Private)
- The Brook Hill School Guard (Private)
- Chapel Hill Bulldogs (Public)
- Lindale Eagles (Public)
- Whitehouse Wildcats (Public)
- Fragments of the Space Shuttle Columbia landed near Tyler on February 1, 2003. (See Space Shuttle Columbia disaster)
- On the evening of February 2, 2009, a fire engulfed a number of historic buildings located in downtown Tyler. Eight different fire departments responded to the fire.
- The 1982 Supreme Court case Plyler v. Doe, which prohibited denying schooling to immigrant children, originated in the Tyler Independent School District.
- Robert E. Mead founded what later became known as Silverleaf Resorts in Tyler in 1977.
- The Tyler courthouse shooting was on February 24, 2005, when David Arroyo fatally shot his ex-wife and a man in the Tyler Square on the Smith County Courthouse.
- Josh Carpenter – film, television, theater, internet and commercial actor
- Sandy Duncan – actress, raised in Tyler
- Alex Finlayson – playwright
- Kiki Shepard (born 1951) – television host
- Arthur "Dooley" Wilson (1886-1953)– musician and actor (Casablanca)
- Paul Baloche – contemporary worship music singer-songwriter
- Max Bemis – lead singer of rock band Say Anything, who is also married to Sherri DuPree of Eisley
- A. C. Bilbrew – musician, composer, and radio personality
- Richard Dobson – singer-songwriter
- Eddie and Sugar Lou's Hotel Tyler Orchestra - jazz band
- Eisley – indie band comprising Chauntelle, Sherri, Stacy, Weston, and Garron DuPree
- Teron Beal – Songwriter Michael Jackson. Bonnie Raitt, Mya
- Element Eighty – alternative metal band comprising Zack Bates, Ryan Carroll, David Galloway, and Matt Woods
- Johnny Gimble – award-winning fiddle player associated with Western Swing and Bob Wills
- Brandon Beal – singer-songwriter and producer
- Shaun Groves – Christian-rock singer-songwriter
- Johnny Horton – country singer
- Will Jennings – songwriter
- Ralph Kirshbaum – classical celllist
- Adrian Taylor – bassist, guitarist
- Mouse and the Traps – 1960s Garage Rock band comprising Buggs Henderson, Ken Murray, David S. Stanley, and Ronnie "Mouse" Weiss
- Ivoryline – alternative band
- Fit for a King – Christian metalcore band
Government and politicsEdit
- Jere Locke Beasley – (born 1935), born in Tyler, he was the 22nd Lieutenant Governor of Alabama when Governor George Corley Wallace was shot and severely injured in an assassination attempt in Laurel, Maryland, on May 15, 1972. Beasley, a Democrat, hence served as the acting governor of Alabama from June 5 to July 7, 1972.
- Leo Berman – Republican former member of the Texas House of Representatives from District 6
- Kevin Eltife – Republican member of the Texas Senate from Tyler
- Brady P. Gentry – former Chairman Texas State Highway Commission; former US Congressman; the gymnasium at Tyler Junior College named after him
- Louie Gohmert – Republican U.S. representative and former Smith County judge
- William Wayne Justice – Democrat U.S. District Court Judge in Tyler for 30 years – made countless key decisions on environment and civil rights
- Matt Krause – Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives from Fort Worth; born in Tyler in 1980
- Frank Melton (1949-2009) – former mayor of Jackson, Mississippi (2005–2009), and former broadcast journalist and general manager of KLTV in Tyler in 1977.
- Albert Parsons (1848-1887) – pioneer American socialist and later anarchist newspaper editor, orator, and labor activist. Parsons was one of four Chicago radical leaders controversially convicted of conspiracy and hanged following a bomb attack on police remembered as the Haymarket affair. He resided in Tyler, Texas where he was reared by his eldest brother, William Henry Parsons, however Parson's moved the family moved from Tyler in the mid-1850s.
- Matt Schaefer (born 1976) – Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives from Tyler since 2013; lawyer and United States Navy officer
- Dan Smoot (1913-2003) – figure in the anti-communist movement; spent later years at Holly Lake Ranch in Smith County, where he died at the age of eighty-nine
- William Steger (1920-2006) – Republican U.S. District Court judge for the Eastern District of Texas, based in Tyler, from 1970 until his death. The William M. Steger Federal Building and United States Courthouse in Tyler was named in his honor in 2006.
- Sarah McClendon – Democrat journalist and White House correspondent for over half a century, longest tenure ever in the White House press corps
- Allen R. Morris – he is an Emmy Award-winning producer/director/writer. For a period, he worked for Buford Television at KLTV in Tyler, as Operations Manager and Director of Creative Services, during which time he was also a frequent actor at the Tyler Civic Theatre (1979 to 1990).
- Ned Touchstone (1926–1988) – born in Florien, Louisiana, newspaper publisher who was a figure in the "Radical Right" in Louisiana politics during the 1960s. At the time of death, he resided on Lake Palestine near Tyler.
- James T. Draper, Jr. – president of the Southern Baptist Convention from 1982 to 1984, was a pastor in Tyler in the early 1960s.
- David O. Dykes – pastor of Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler
- James B. Jordan - pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church and found of the Geneva Study Center
- Anwar Khalifa - spokesperson for the East Texas Islamic Society
- David Brown - geneticist best known for working with microRNA
- Josh Byerly – NASA spokesman and one of the "voices of Mission Control"
- Winston C. Hackett - A native of Tyler, who became the first African-American physician in Arizona.
- Brian Werner – Conservationist, co-founder of Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge, located near Tyler.
- George Cumby (1956-) – NFL linebacker
- Gary Baxter (1978- )– NFL defensive back
- Ciron Black (1986- ) – college football right tackle
- Jeb Blount (1954- ) – NFL quarterback
- Earl Campbell – NFL running back (1955- )
- Chris Carter – NFL defensive back (1977- )
- Travis Chick – MLB Pitcher (2006)
- Ricky Collins – CFL wide receiver for the Saskatchewan Roughriders (2016- )
- Tim Crowder – NFL defensive end (1985- )
- Jeremy Lane – NFL cornerback (1990- )
- Matt Flynn – NFL quarterback (1985- )
- Hunter Freeman – Major League Soccer defender/midfielder (1985- )
- Randy Grimes – NFL center (1960)
- Daniel Hernández – Major League Soccer defender/midfielder (1976- )
- Clarence Huber – MLB third baseman
- Kendall Hunter – NFL running back (1988- )
- Larry Johnson – NBA forward (1969- )
- Billie Wayne Lemons – NFL player (1955-2008)
- Tremain Mack – NFL kick returner (1974- )
- Benny Malone – NFL running back (1952- )
- Johnny Manziel – NFL quarterback (1992- ), Born in Tyler, but raised in Kerrville.- Cleveland Browns
- LaDouphyous McCalla – CFL defensive back (1976- )
- Jerry Mumphrey – MLB outfielder (1952- )
- Terrence Murphy – NFL wide receiver
- Brandon Pettigrew – NFL tight end (1985- ) – Detroit Lions
- Archie Reynolds – MLB pitcher, raised in Tyler (1946- )
- Derrell Robertson – Canadian Football League player (1967-1994)
- Aaron Ross – NFL cornerback, schooled in Tyler (1982)
- Louis Santop – Negro League catcher
- Robert Taylor – Olympic runner (1948-2007)
- Josh Tomlin – MLB pitcher (1984- )
- Lee Tunnell – MLB pitcher (1960- )
- Morgan Wade – BMX professional (1983- )
- Branch Warren – bodybuilder
- Doug Wyatt – NFL defensive back (1946- )
- Quincy Acy – NBA power forward – Sacramento Kings
- Greg Ward, Jr. – University of Houston Quarterback
- Tyus Bowser – University of Houston & Baltimore Ravens Offensive Line Backer (2017)
- Patrick Mahomes – Texas Tech University & Kansas City Chiefs Quarterback
- Jeffrey Rice - Earth Games 1988 (1977-)
- A.J. Minter- MLB pitcher (2017-present)
- Jo-Carroll Dennison – Miss America 1942, the first Miss Texas to win the national title
- Jonna Fitzgerald – former Miss Texas, runner-up in Miss America pageant, television news anchor, noted musician
- Bruce Goff – Modernist architect, died in Tyler, Texas
- Kelley Thompson- born December 8, 1987 in Tyler, Playboy Playmate for November 2009
- [Bryan Rice] - Born March 5th 1981 2015 Huntington Beach BBQ Festival Rib Champion
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