Tyler, TX

Sparks Enterprise's Green Roadside Watermelon Stand has Yellow and Red Meat Melons some of the Sweetest in East Texas

Tour Tyler Texas

Tour Tyler Texas - Clarence Edmond Shackelford, community publicist for the Empowerment Community Development Corporation is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization with a focus on Education, Arts, Tourism, Veteran Services, Scholarships, Youth Mentorship, History Preservation, Community Development, Housing, and Economic Empowerment.


Watermelons In The St. Louis Community of Tyler - The sandy East Texas Soil and warm spring days help make Yellow Meat Watermelons and Red Meat Watermelons the sweetest in East Texas. The Sparks Enterprise is located at the Green Roadside Watermelon Stand located on Hwy155 and Noonday in the St. Louis community in Tyler, Texas. Go by and see Tiyniah Woods, Tejonnah Woods, and Bianca Woods at the Sparks Enterprise Green Roadside Watermelon Stand located on 2700 Frankston Hwy 155 and 2800 Walton Road on Noonday in the St. Louis community in Tyler, Texas.

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ST. LOUIS, TEXAS: St. Louis is a residential community north of the intersection of State Highway 155 and Loop 323 and just southwest of Tyler in Smith County. Settlers had arrived in the area by 1880, when they built the St. Louis Elementary School, named for St. Louis, Missouri. During the 1880s a local company built a portion of the Kansas and Gulf Short Line Railroad just east of the area, making it easily accessible to settlers.

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By 1936 the St. Louis school employed two teachers and offered elementary-level classes to eighty-nine black children. That year the community included a business and a cluster of homes at the intersection of a dirt thoroughfare and a bituminous road. The school had been consolidated into the Tyler Independent School District by 1952.

Though in 1966 St. Louis included the St. Louis School, two cemeteries, a church, and a sizeable residential district stretching southeastward from Walton Road past Noonday Road, by 1973 the community was considered part of Tyler and was no longer separately identified on maps. The 1981 county highway map identified the St. Louis Cemetery, but it had been absorbed into Tyler. The St. Louis Elementary School was still operating in 1983.

Clarence Edmond Shackelford says "I have so much history on the St. Louis community and if you will like for me to share contact him by TEXT at 903.253.5099".

Sources: An Administrative Survey of the Schools of Smith County, A History of Tyler and Smith County (San Antonio: Nancy, 1948), Remembering When We Were Colored in Tyler, Texas by Dr. Rodney Lamar Atkins.

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