About My Book "Images of America: Tyler"

Title: Tyler
Author: Robert E. Reed Jr.
ISBN-10: 0738548413
ISBN-13: 9780738548418
# of Pages: 128
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
Release Date: February 18, 2008
List Price: $21.99

Excerpt from Back Cover: 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.

Author Robert E. Reed Jr. is a lifelong resident of Tyler and a graduate of Tyler Junior College and the University of Texas at Tyler. His interest in local history has led to a large personal collection of Tyler memorabilia as well as his Web site, Past Glimpses of Tyler, Texas. He is a member of the Smith County Historical Society and the Tyler Tap Chapter of the Cotton Belt Rail Historical Society. While the sources for the photographs in this work are numerous, the Smith County Historical Society provided a majority of the intriguing images.

Personal Comments: Books in the Images of America series are photographic histories. My 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. It's truly an interesting collection of historic images!

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