Lufkin, Texas

Lufkin, Texas

View of downtown Lufkin, the seat of Angelina County, Texas. Photograph Credit: Billy Hathorn.

Lufkin, the county seat of Angelina County, is at the intersection of U.S. highways 59 and 69, a few miles northwest of the geographic center of the county in the heart of the Piney Woods of East Texas. It was founded in 1882 as a stop on the Houston, East and West Texas Railway, when the line built from Houston to Shreveport, Louisiana, and named for Capt. Abraham P. Lufkin, a Galveston cotton merchant and city councilman, who was a close friend of HE&WT president Paul Bremond. Lufkin grew both because of its proximity to the railroad and because of the extensive lumber industry in the surrounding area. The history of Lufkin may be divided into three principal eras. The first, which centered on the arrival of the railroad and the progress it precipitated, occurred between 1882 and 1890. The second, marked by a timber boom that produced hundreds of sawmills in the Piney Woods, took place between 1890 and 1920. The third, often called the town's "golden era of expansion," occurred between 1938 and 1945, when industrial expansion produced thousands of new jobs and widespread community growth.

Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.

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Population Counts

Pop. Year Source
34,143 2020 United States Census Bureau
37,047 2019 Texas Demographic Center
35,067 2010 United States Census Bureau
32,709 2000 United States Census Bureau
30,206 1990 United States Census Bureau
28,562 1980 United States Census Bureau
23,049 1970 United States Census Bureau
17,641 1960 United States Census Bureau
15,135 1950 United States Census Bureau
9,567 1940 United States Census Bureau
7,331 1930 United States Census Bureau
4,878 1920 United States Census Bureau
2,749 1910 United States Census Bureau
1,527 1900 United States Census Bureau
529 1890 United States Census Bureau