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Tombstone, bottle among items unearthed at Tyler construction site

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Workers found a tombstone that appears to be from the late 1800's, belonging to a two-month-old baby named William T. Swinney. Workers found a tombstone that appears to be from the late 1800's, belonging to a two-month-old baby named William T. Swinney.
TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

Construction workers at Tyler's Fair Parking Garage made a few discoveries while digging at their site. Workers found a tombstone that appears to be from the late 1800's, belonging to a two-month-old baby named William T. Swinney.

The find was made in an excavation area on the southeast side of the site near a tire shop. City employees and officials with the Smith County Historical Society believe the tombstone was found in what was a marble yard. They think the yard was in use in the late-1800s and early-1900s.

"We believe at this point that it was something that they manufactured," Tyler City Engineer Carter Delleney said. "It's very plausible they manufactured and for some reason just didn't use it."

City officials said though the tombstone was discovered at the site, they do not believe the garage is being built on a cemetery site.

"No remains were found," Delleney said. "Through our environmental review, nothing showed there to be a cemetery or place of burial or anything like that."

Members of the Smith County Historical Society are also investigating the find.

They have tracked down 1900 U.S. Census records showing the father was from Arkansas and the couple had at least seven children.

Another find was a bottle from historic Tyler bottling company, Riviere Bottling. The bottle, with cork still in it, was turned over to the Smith County Historical Society.

The Riviere Bottling Company bottled mineral water, 'healing water' and other beverages from springs at their location in North Tyler. The historic home where their bottling operation was based, was heavily damaged in a fire in Oct. 2011.

Work is continuing at the construction site in downtown Tyler, with an expected completion date in May 2014.

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