The City of Tyler’s historic preservation program, the Half Mile of History resulted from a recommendation that came out of the Tyler 21 planning process. The fifth goal of the Historic Preservation Chapter is:
“Promote and display diverse aspects of Tyler’s history to enhance resident and visitor awareness of its importance.”
The program’s goal is to pay tribute to people, places and events that have contributed to the rich history of Tyler and Smith County.
Celebrating Tyler’s Rich History
The Half Mile of History is a permanent, outdoor, half-mile loop that surrounds the square in the heart of downtown Tyler. Stone plaques will be placed in the sidewalk along the Half Mile of History to commemorate significant people, places or events.
The nomination form requires a narrative of up to two pages that describes the historical contribution of the nominee. The nominee’s contribution to the history of the community must have been made no fewer than 25 years ago.
Possible areas that nominees may have contributed to could include, but are not limited to, agriculture, architecture, arts/culture, aviation, business, community service, education, entertainment/media, industry, invention/innovation, law, medicine, oil/gas, philanthropy, religion, science, sports and transportation.
The Historical Preservation Board will consider recommendations for the Half Mile of History based upon the nominee’s enduring impact on the community, county, region, nation or the world. Nominations will be presented to the Historical Preservation Board for final consideration.