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  • Tyler County TX
    Contiguous Counties:
    Angelina County (N Jasper County (E) Hardin County (S) Polk County (W)

    Tyler County History

    Historical Marker (On junction of US 69 and US 190):

    (Crossroads to
    East Texas)
    Home ground of civilized tribes of Indians. Visited 1756 by Spanish explorers, who were trying to keep French trading expeditions out of Texas. Site in 1831 of Fort Teran, commanded by Colonel Ellis Peter Bean, famous and colorful adventurer.

    The county was created an organized in 1846. It was named for President John Tyler, who signed the resolution to annex Texas to the United States. A 200-acre plot for a county seat was donated by a leading early settler, Josiah Wheat. It was named "Woodville" for George T. Wood, sponsor of the bill in the First Legislature of Texas which created the county. (Wood later served as Governor of Texas, from 1847 to 1849.)

    In the "Big Thicket." Home of the annual Dogwood Festival. Economy is based on timber, oil, livestock.

    First county officials: William P. Sansour, chief justice; Ezekiel Green, George Kirkwood, Angelina Parker, Ivy Taylor, commissioners; James Sapp, sheriff; James Barclay, tax assessor and collector; J. Dobb and William Gray, justices of the peace; Harmon Frazier, surveyor; John C. Arnett, treasurer. 1966 county officials: Jeff R. Mooney, county judge; Joe I. Best, F. C. Hicks, Leon Fowler, H. H. Powell, commissioners; J. F. Boyd, treasurer; Tom Sawyer, county clerk; A. L. Thornton, tax assessor & collector; Clyde E. Smith, Jr., county attorney; Grady Ray, sheriff; B. M. Minter, county school superintendent; Hilda Coats, district clerk; Joe H. Loggins, E. E. Sheffield, Clarence Woodrome, L. L. Parrish, justices of the peace.


    Tyler County Courthouse
    Tyler County Courthouse
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson

    Tyler County Town List

    Cities, Towns & Ghost Towns: History, attractions, landmarks, architecture, monuments, museums, cemeteries, bridges, parks, vintage & contemporary images, area destinations, hotels, and forum.

    County Seat - Woodville
  • Acol ghost town
  • Chester
  • Doucette
  • Emilee ghost town
  • Fred
  • Hillister
  • Peach Tree Village ghost town
  • Town Bluff ghost town
  • Woodville County seat
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    Tyler County Vintage Maps
    Tyler County TX 1907 Postal Map
    From 1907 Texas state map #2090 showing Tyler County
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
    Tyler County TX 1920s map
    From 1920 Texas state map #10749 showing Tyler County
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
    Tyler  Newton County TX 1940s Map
    From 1940 Texas state map #4335 showing Tyler County
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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