Mount Sylvan

Mount Sylvan is at the intersection of State Highway 110 and Farm Road 724, eight miles north of Tyler in northwestern Smith County. The settlement was founded in 1852 on a local trade route, the Tyler-Garden Valley Road (now State Highway 110), in the Lindsey Mann survey. The post office was established in 1858 with Sidney B. Murphy as postmaster. The postal service was temporarily discontinued in 1868, in 1869–70, and in 1872–73. During this time the International-Great Northern Railroad bypassed the community and built through nearby Lindale. In 1881 Thomas J. McBride and George Cross founded the Rosedale Academy. In 1884 the town had a population of 200, two churches, and a district school that employed three teachers. Local businessmen included two wagonmakers, three doctors, a shoemaker, and a blacksmith. Businesses included a nursery, two sawmills, four general stores, a gristmill, and two cotton gins. In 1886 the Mount Sylvan Methodist Episcopal Church, South, was established. In 1890 the population was 200, and the sawmills and gristmill were still in operation, but many of the businesses had moved to Lindale. In 1892 a flour mill and three general stores were the major enterprises.

Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.

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