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 traces 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.