The house at 700 S. Broadway was built in the early 1900s for another early Tyler business leader, Walter Connally. It is one of the best examples of an architectural style called Texas Prairie.
At 911 S. Broadway sits the Woman’s Building. It was built in 1932 by the Tyler Woman’s Forum as a community meeting place. I have no idea how they did it but a handful of determined women raised enough donations during the Great Depression, a time when people were hurting for money, to
During World War II, women gathered there to roll bandages to be sent to battlefronts. It still is used by the Woman’s Forum.
From the Woman’s Building, look east across Broadway and you’ll see Hogg Middle School. It is named after James S. Hogg, a Tyler attorney who was elected governor in 1890. He was the first native Texan to serve in the office.
As the trail passes Bergfeld Park, notice the amphitheater. During one year of the Great Depression the Sears store in Tyler was the only one in the nation to post a profit, thanks to money being generated from the East Texas Oilfield. The president of Sears had the amphitheater built as a “thank you” to the citizens of Tyler.
Enjoy the flowers and appreciate the history.