Edwin P. Lufkin, an engineer who helped survey the railroad route through Angelina County, is rumored to be the Namesake of Lufkin, Texas. The only reference is found in an old newspaper clipping in Lufkin, in the Handbook of Texas. It lists Edwin P. Lufkin, “a civil engineer,” as Lufkin’s namesake. City directories for both Houston and Galveston in the 1880’s show no Edwin P. Lufkin. Houston’s public library has nothing in its Texas or Houston files that bears the name. The same is true of Galveston’s Rosenberg Library and the Texas 1880 census.
There are strong indications that the town was in reality named for Captain Abraham P. Lufkin, a seaman, cotton merchant, Galveston city councilman and friend of Paul Bremond, president of the Houston East and West Texas Railway Company. Bremond was responsible for steering the railroad through Angelina County.