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Introduction to Tyler County

Dear Friends, Neighbors and Visitors:

Tyler County: “Where Living Is Life.” This phrase came to me when we moved back home to Tyler County in 1991. A way of life is available in this portion of East Texas that people can’t seem to get out of their hearts. The people are the main reason – those who live here and have decided to make this their home.

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Centrally located between Jasper and Livingston/ Beaumont and Lufkin, Tyler County offers the best of both worlds: major lakes both east and west and major metropolitan services both north and south. With only four stoplights in the county seat of Woodville, traffic is not a problem for home folks. If you don’t mind being called by your name when out shopping, eating or going around town, you will feel right at home in Tyler County. You will find it is small enough to be known, yet big enough to blend in.

Identifying our eastern county line, the Neches River is the location of B.A. Steinhagen Lake and the Martin Dies State Park. Tyler County is also known as the northern gate to the Big Thicket National Preserve. With over 1,600 creeks, streams and water sources, some say that makes us a wet county, even though we do not have licensed alcohol sales in the county.

Medical services are always important. Tyler County Hospital, located in Woodville in the heart of the county, is a full medical facility with a state-of-the-art emergency room and a range of specialized medical doctors who come to us from the surrounding medical communities, thus saving residents trips out of the county. Our veterans enjoy a daily van shuttle to and from their V.A. doctors and hospitals in Houston. Increasing oil and gas exploration and production with the accompanying influx of tax revenues are stabilizing our tax base and keeping increases at bay.

Our five school districts have some of the most caring educators you would want to find. And, of course, we wouldn’t want to forget that Tyler County is known for having the oldest outdoor pageant in Texas; the Dogwood Festival is staged in the amphitheater situated on the campus of the Woodville ISD. This pageant celebrates the ushering in of spring with the blooming of the dogwood tree blossoms. It is preceded by two weekends of celebration – Festival of the Arts and Western Weekend with Rodeo. You’ve got to experience it to believe it.

If you’re looking for midnight dining, you’ll have to drive north or south. We go home when the owls hoot, both to spend time with family and to make sure we get a good night sleep, in order to be ready with a big smile for each other the next day. If you are reading this and saying to yourself, “This sounds too good to be true,” you are right, but don’t tell anyone. Who knows, they might want to move here, and then they’ll say the same thing, “Tyler County: Where Living Is Life!”

Sincerely,
Jacques L. Blanchette
Tyler County Judge

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