Tyler County Landmarks

For centuries Caddoan, Alabama, and Coushatta Indians called the Tyler County area home and then settlers, predominantly from the southern United States, arrived before even the Texas Revolution.  Tyler County has many places or historical and cultural importance. Our members catalogue the historical landmarks and cemeteries of the county.

Historical Markers

The Texas Historical Commission’s historical marker program commemorates the historical importance of individuals and sites that impacted local and state history. Among the historical landmarks found in Tyler County are markers for former governor Allan Shivers, the W.T. Colmesneil House, Doucette Union Church, and many more honoring the places and people that have resided here.  If you would like to explore the areas landmarks we have a gallery and a map of the areas historical markers.

Applying for a Historical Marker

First you will need to determine whether the topic you want to mark is eligible for an Official Texas Historical Marker. Read the marker application guidelines, on the Texas Historical Commission (THC) website www.thc.state.tx.us/preserve/projects-and-programs/state-historical-markers/apply-historical-marker, which includes the criteria and procedures. If, after you have reviewed all the relevant information on this site, you are interested in submitting a sponsorship application contact the Tyler County Historical Commission Chair. The THC accepts nominations for historical markers each fall for the following calendar year. Check the THC website to download an application form but contact your county historical commission chair now to begin the research process.
contact Charles Smith for more information.

  1. Applicant researches the topic, writes the history, gathers photos and maps, and fills out the application form.
  2. Applicant submits application and documentation to county historical commission (CHC) for review and approval.
  3. CHC forwards application to Texas Historical Commission (THC).
  4. THC reviews application; additional information and/or clarification may be requested.
  5. THC requests application fee and property ownership approval.
  6. THC accepts public comment on applications received.
  7. THC approves application, if eligible, and requests payment.
  8. Applicant forwards payment to THC.
  9. THC prepares draft inscription and submits it to applicant and CHC for review.
  10. THC sends final approved inscription to foundry for casting.
  11. Foundry ships completed marker to designated addressee.
  12. Applicant and CHC plan marker dedication ceremony.
  13. THC staff enters marker into the Texas Historic Sites Atlas, an online inventory of marker information and inscriptions http://atlas.thc.state.tx.us

Request Info

The Tyler County Historical Commission has a large collection of articles, artifacts, and research about the people, places, and events of Tyler County. If you are researching something in particular please contact us and request information about your inquiry. We may be able to provide more information or direct you to another source to explore.