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Historically, Angelina County dates back to 1846, when Texas, then a separate republic, joined the United States, precipitating the creation of 254 counties in the new state. Angelina County, named for an Indian maiden who befriended Spanish missionaries in the 1600s, was carved from the southern part of Nacogdoches County. Lufkin traced its beginnings to 1882 when the Houston East and West Texas Railway Company ran its narrow-gauge tracks northward into the East Texas forests, triggering the establishment of dozens of new communities.

Named for Abraham P. Lufkin, a Galveston merchant, and friend of railroader Paul Bremond, Lufkin began as a crossroad settlement but soon attracted businesses and professionals from Homer, then the county seat of Angelina County. As a result, Homer became a ghost town. The city of Lufkin’s growth soared in the late 1930s and 40s with the establishment of several major industries.

Today, Lufkin and Angelina County offer a unique combination of friendly families, quiet neighborhoods, and one of the most dynamic business communities in Texas. It is a great place to raise a family and enjoy outdoor activities found in the forested lake country of East Texas..

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Top 10 Things to See and Do in Lufkin, GO!

You could send them to a local diner that has a dish so mouth-watering that you still crave it to this day.

Maybe you’d suggest a trip out to Cassels-Boykin Park so they, too, can enjoy Sam Rayburn, the site of your biggest fishing tale.

Perhaps, you’d send them to your favorite downtown shop for a gift you can only find in Lufkin.

Many of us choose places to visit, foods to eat, stores to shop and sites to see based on the recommendation of friends or family. So why can’t we be the ones making the recommendations? Let’s bring more business to our town by showing locals and visitors alike why we #LoveLufkin!

Become an influencer! Your suggestions could be broadcast on our website and social media pages. Email us your favorite place, your fondest memory or your go-to recommendation so that we can share the city we love with everyone. Be as descriptive as possible in your writing and send a corresponding picture, too, if you have one.

Even better than a picture? A video! Send us your video testimonial like the one below. Just be sure to record in a well-lit area with your phone turned horizontally.

We can’t wait to hear from you! Email us at lovelufkin@cityoflufkin.com.


The Neches-Davy Crockett Paddling Trail, a 9.2-mile designated Texas Paddling Trail, makes a perfect half-day paddle8287paddling with friends and family. Enjoy the beauty of East Texas as you silently paddle through the Davy Crockett National Forest. Paddlers along the Neches may see alligators, otters and many bird species. Visit the informative Texas Parks and Wildlife website for more information about how to get there, fishing, wildlife and ecology, nearby events and attractions, and other exciting information about this paddling trail.