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Physical Features: Rolling, hilly East Texas county; black, red, gray soils; Angelina National Forest.
Economy: Timber; manufacturers of iron and steel castings, truck trailers, mobile homes; government/services; wood and paper products.
History: Caddoan area. First land deed to Vicente Micheli 1801. Anglo-American setters arrived in 1820s. County created and organized in 1846 from Nacogdoches County; named for legendary Indian maiden Angelina.
Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 62.57; Black, 14.81; Hispanic, 20.47; Asian, 0.90; Other, 1.25.
Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 1,190; deaths, 846; marriages, 677; divorces, 469.
Recreation: Sam Rayburn Reservoir; national, state forests, parks; locomotive exhibit; Forest Festival, bike ride in fall.
Minerals: Limited output of natural gas and oil.
Agriculture: Poultry, beef, horticulture, limited fruits and vegetables. Market value $29.4 million. A leading timber-producing county.
LUFKIN (35,067) county seat; manufacturing; Angelina College; hospitals; U.S., Texas Forest centers; zoo; Expo Center and Texas Forestry Museum.
|A road disappears into the trees of Angelina National Forest. Photo by Ron Billings.|