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Smith County Texas

The County was established in 1846 by the new Texas State Legislature and was named for General James Smith who fought for Texas' independence and served during the Indian Wars. Boundaries were established at that time and have never been changed.

The Smith County Commissioners Court consists of a County Judge elected by the voters of Smith County, and four Commissioners elected by their respective precincts. The county seat is Tyler.

Smith County stretches over 932 square miles, has 1,273 miles of county roads, 18 taxing entities, and includes these cities:

  • Arp
  • Bullard
  • Hideaway
  • Lindale
  • Noonday
  • Overton
  • Troup
  • Tyler
  • Whitehouse
  • Winona
Smith County Texas sign
Sign at entrance to Smith County (TylerTexasOnline staff photo)

Smith County government is composed of 48 departments, including 26 elected officials and 16 department heads. Smith County has approximately 900 employees.

County services and responsibilities include:

  • Building and maintaining county roads
  • Operating the judicial system
  • Registering voters and holding elections
  • Maintaining public records
  • Participation in economic development incentive and programs
  • Providing health and social services to the indigent
  • Assisting Veterans and their dependents with benefit/entitlement claims
  • Providing law enforcement
  • Building and operating jails
  • Issuing vehicle registrations
  • Collection of property and sales taxes

For additional information about Smith County, we recommend these websites:

Smith County - Official Website
Smith County Commissioners Court
Smith County Sheriff
Smith County Elections & Voter Info
Smith County Emergency Services District
Smith County Jury Duty
Smith County Vehicle Registration
Smith County Clerk
Smith County Road and Bridge
Smith County Subdivision Regulations

Smith County Property Taxes
Smith County Appraisal District (SCAD)

Smith Count Geology and Geography

Smith County covers over 932 square miles of the East Texas Timberlands region, with two-thirds of this environment covered in post oak, blackjack oak, and tall grasses, and one-third heavily forested with pine and hardwoods. Land covers 97% of the county, water 3%. The county elevation ranges from 275 to 671 feet.

The County is fifty-eight miles from the eastern Texas boundary with Louisiana. It is bordered by the Neches River and Henderson and Van Zandt counties on the west, Cherokee County on the south, Rusk and Upshur counties on the east, and the Sabine River and Upshur and Wood counties on the north.

The largest bodies of water are Lake Palestine, on the southwestern border of the county, and Lake Tyler in the southeastern area.

The soil varies from sandy prairie loams in the northwest and east, to loam-covered clay through the remainder of the county between Whitehouse and Arp.

Mineral resources include petroleum, natural gas, iron ore, clay, limestone, lignite, and salt. Less than 10% of Smith County is prime farm land.

Map of Smith County in Texas

Map of Cities, Towns and Counties Near Tyler Texas and Smith County

The Smith County Courthouses

The first Smith County Courthouse was a log cabin on West Erwin Street in 1846. A year later, a new courthouse was constructed of logs on East Ferguson. In 1848, a 520-square-foot log courthouse was built on the square.

Two more courthouses would follow, plus a new one authorized by county voters in 2022:

In 1910, Smith County officials held a dedication for the domed courthouse in the center of the square. It was used for 45 years before it was demolished and replaced with the current courthouse in 1955. The 1910 Smith County Courthouse in Texas
The current Smith County Courthouse was dedicated in 1955. The six-story facility was constructed to house two district courts, two justice of the peace courts, the jail and various county offices. The 1955 Smith County Courthouse in Texas

The $179 million Smith County Courthouse Bond proposal was passed by county voters on November 8, 2022.

The new courthouse will be built on the east side of the square, between the courthouse annex and the Smith County Jail.

Groundbreaking for construction of the the new five-story courthouse garage was held on October 25, 2023, across from the site of the new courthouse.

Read more about the planning for the new courthouse at the website of Smith County

The new, planned Smith County Courthouse in Texas

Design Plan for Downtown Tyler Public Spaces

The Tyler City Council and Smith County Commissioners Court took a historic step on September 20, 2023, and approved a design plan for Downtown Tyler's public spaces!
Read more at the City of Tyler website

Tyler Texas 2023 design plan for downtown public spaces