In the late 1970s, Lufkin, like many of our small Texas downtowns, was in a serious state of decline. The automobile, suburban housing and the growth of local and regional shopping centers greatly reduced the traditional role of downtowns as the principal center of economic activity.
In the early 1980s Lufkin community leaders felt it was imperative to save downtown. Lufkin became a part of the Main Street organization in 1983 and since that time has become the longest standing Main Street city in Texas.
Main Street Lufkin is a community development organization and works to improve economic management and strengthen public participation by making downtown a fun place to live, work, shop and play. Main Street Lufkin produces several annual events throughout the year which attract thousands, among these are the Annual SpringFest, Downtown Halloween Trick-or-Treat, and the festive Main Street Lufkin Lighted Christmas Parade.
New programs and events have brought old and new friends to downtown again!
For more information contact Barbara Thompson, Main Street director at 936.633.0205
Main Street Lufkin board and staff envision a clean, attractive, and economically viable central business district with a significant number of restored buildings, state of the art landscaping, outdoor art and other aesthetic features to enhance the historic character of the downtown area.
The mission of Main Street Lufkin is to work in conjunction with downtown property owners, tenants, employees, city staff, and visitors to facilitate a safe, clean, attractive, an economically viable downtown. While fostering historic preservation, a good overall image, and a wholesome environment, these goals will be accomplished by utilizing the Texas Main Street Four-Point approach system. Organization, Promotion, Economic Restructuring and Design.