Tyler - Rose Capital of America. Tyler lies 95 miles east of Dallas and 95 miles west of Shreveport, Louisiana. The area is covered with rolling hills and pine forests. Tyler was named after president John Tyler who supported the admittance of Texas into the United States. Tyler is county seat of Smith County. The area is a major cotton producer but it also grows fruit trees such as peaches.
Perhaps what Tyler is best known for though is the Tyler Rose Gardens. Half of America's rose production comes from a 15 mile radius around Tyler. Twenty million roses are grown here every year, which pumps $70 million into the local economy. The Tyler Rose Garden and Museum, showcases 38,000 rosebushes representing 400 different varieties of roses in a 22-acre parklike setting. The Tyler Rose Festival is a annual event and was first started in 1933 after the industry became a major driving force in the local economy.
Tyler was also a major rail hub, starting from around 1877 with the Texas & Paciific Railroad. The area is also a major producer of petroleum and many industrial factories are located in the area. The city has the University of Texas at Tyler where nearly 5,000 students attend college. Tyler is also home to the East Texas Medical Center which is the largest hospital in northeast Texas. Tyler has also grown into a popular destination for retirees.