EAST TEXAS’ ONLY
At Tyler Neurosurgical Associates, our neurosurgeons perform a variety of procedures including Skull-base Surgery, Microvascular Decompression, Brain Aneurysm Surgery, Arteriovenous Malformation Surgery, Stereotactic Procedures, Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson’s & Essential Tremor. We have Epilepsy Monitoring Centers at Christus TMFH and ETMC which facilitate epilepsy surgeries that have never been done in Tyler TX. We have also introduced the cutting-edge CyberKnife™ system, which makes Tyler Neurosurgical Associates the only entity in East Texas capable of offering this noninvasive alternative treatment of tumor and neurological conditions.
We have treated 1,000 CyberKnife™ patients in East Texas.
We are located at:
700 Olympic Plaza, Suite 850
Tyler, TX 75701
GETTING TO KNOW OUR TOWN
Tyler began April 11, 1846, with the birth of Smith County and the need for a county seat. The original 100 acres that the first Tyler courthouse was erected upon were bought for $150. Because of President John Tyler’s support of the annexation of Texas, the newly created town site was christened Tyler. The log courthouse served until 1852, when a larger brick courthouse was established as meeting house, courthouse, and church.
The town was incorporated in January 1850, with 4,292 inhabitants living in Smith County. Because of the fertile soil, plantations sprouted (pardon the pun) rapidly, and agricultural prosperity advanced Tyler to an important agricultural trade, commerce and export point for the entire region.
During the Civil War, Tyler was the epitome of a Confederate town. The town was the home of the largest Confederate ordnance plant in all of Texas, along with the prison Camp Ford.
When the war ended, Tyler was left economically devastated. So much of their agricultural prosperity had depended on the plantations—and the plantations had depended on slaves.
Hope was reestablished when the Texas railroads began snaking towards Tyler in the 1870s, but two disappointments in the Texas and Pacific Railway and the International Railway missed Tyler by many miles.
Then came the Houston and Great Northern Railroad, which opened a line near Tyler. Although this line was better than nothing, the citizens of Tyler knew they had to act fast if their town was going to have a chance of recovery.
The leading citizens came together in 1877 and built the Tyler Tap Railroad, an extension through Big Sandy, which was bought by the Texas and St. Louis Railway Company.
They, along with the Kansas and Gulf Short Line Railroads, established machine shops and a hospital in Tyler, providing job opportunities for the growing population, as well as ensuring an iron pathway to further success.
The population tripled from 1880 to 1890, and Tyler achieved city status in 1907.
Tyler had depended on the Cotton King for their main agricultural export, but now the farmers, deprived of their slave laborers, turned to peaches. In 1900, there were around one million fruit trees in Smith County—but then there was a peach blight, which sort of ruined that agricultural option.
Without peaches, without cotton, farmers turned to something that would change Tyler forever—they began growing roses. By the 1940s, more than half of America’s roses were grown in Tyler, and the Tyler Rose Festival was drawing a huge crowd of tourists into the area.
The Rose Capital of the World also opened two colleges, and became known for its excellence in both the medical field and in education. In the 1980s, the growth patterns of Tyler exceeded those of both Houston and Dallas.
In 2000, Tyler had 5,557 businesses, including yours truly. Yes—Office Barn started with the new millennia, right here in Tyler. With 32,000 square feet of showroom, and hundreds of furniture options, we’ve been rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau since 2001. We’ve watched the Rose Capital in its current prosperity as a hub of activity in East Texas, and it gives us great pride to say we’ve done our part in making Tyler businesses excel. Stop by sometime, smell the roses, and feast your eyes on a furniture banquet crafted especially for your office.
NEW TO TYLER?
Moving to a new city is always a trial, even if you’re moving to a great place like Tyler. So we’ve attempted to make your transition a little sweeter.
Below you’ll find links to city data and some of our favorite places in Tyler. Enjoy!