The City of Tyler honored a former Tylerite today with a half-mile marker unveiled at the downtown square.

Edgar "Leo" Chesley's marker was unveiled today at a ceremony and will be installed in the Half-Mile of History sidewalk in downtown Tyler.

Chesley moved to Tyler in 1933 and became an well-respected leader of the community, serving in many influencial positions including:

  • President of the Smith County Tuberculosis
  • President of the Roase Parade "Strutters"
  • President of the Tyler, Texas Lions Club
  • Charter member Mother Frances Hospital Advisory Board of Directors
  • Chairman of the Tax Equalization Board for Smith County
  • Director of the Tyler Chamber of Commerce
  • Director of the East Texas Symphony Orchestra
  • President of East Texas Savings and Loan Association

Chesley died in 1979 from ALS (Lou Gehrig disease).

The goal of the Half-Mile of History program is to pay tribute to people, places, organizations and events that have contributed to the rich history of Tyler and Smith County, according to the press release issued July 24.

The markers are a permanent, outdoor half-mile loop surrounding the Square in downtown Tyler. A digital tour is now available as well, by scanning the available QR codes found on downtown businesses, or visiting here.