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Lufkin

Angelina County

Texas

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Zip Codes

75901, 75902, 75904

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Statistics & Facts

The population of Lufkin is approximately 32,709 (2000).
The approximate number of families is 12,488 (1990).

The amount of land area in Lufkin is 61.09 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0.262 sq kilometers.
The distance from Lufkin to Washington DC is 1157 miles. The distance to the Texas state capital is 194 miles. (as the crow flies)
Lufkin is positioned 31.33 degrees north of the equator and 94.72 degrees west of the prime meridian.

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Location

Lufkin location: in east Texas in the center of Angelina County.

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Climate & Weather

Lufkin average annual rainfall is 58.54 inches per year
The average low temperature is (winter) 38, (summer) 72 degrees F.
The average high temperature is (winter) 59, (summer) 94 degrees F.
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History & History Related Items

Lufkin history:

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First known as Denman Springs, a railroad crew crossed the area mapping it for a future rail line in 1881. The purported story goes that the survey crew was looking at a route through Homer. They spent a Saturday night celebrating a little too much there in Homer and were kicked out of the saloon and put in jail. The leader of their crew was so angry over the arrest that he ordered another route to be found rather than Homer. He chose Denman Springs. This story is probably just that, as a 1879 report showed the bypass of Homer and the choice of the future home of Lufkin for the new railway line. Lufkin was founded in 1882 when the Houston, East and West Texas Railway built the line from Houston to Shreveport, Louisiana. It was named for Capt. Abraham P. Lufkin who was a cotton merchant and city councilman from Galveston. He was a good friend of the railway president. The community flourished because of the railway and also the lumber industry surrounding the town.

Soon lots were listed for sale in Lufkin and many of Homer's businesses moved over to Lufkin as to be nearer to the railroad line. Most stores located on Cotton Square which quickly became the center of activity for the area. The first post office opened in 1882 with William A. Abney as postmaster. Incorporation came on 15 October 1890. The first mayor was J. M. Smith. The county seat was changed to Lufkin in early 1892. It had previously been located in Homer.
The founding of Lufkin: 1882
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Attractions

Lufkin attractions:

Lake Sam Rayburn
the largest reservoir completely in the state of Texas with more than 570 miles of shoreline and 114,000 surface acres attracts approximately 2 million users each year for the state's best bass fishing, water skiing, camping and more. the lake is conveniently located to Lufkin and Lufkin's hotels. The lake reaches out to five different counties.

The Texas Forestry Museum
1905 Atkinson Drive
Lufkin, Texas
Please call ahead for hours of operation.
This museum is the only one like it in Texas. It features all aspects of the forest product industry which helped Lufkin to prosper.

The Museum of East Texas explores art and history through exhibits, lectures, performances, classes and publications. The Museum is one of the finest in East Texas

The Ellen Trout Park & Zoo
402 Zoo Circle
Lufkin, Texas 75904
On the north Loop 287, exit north on Martin Luther King and turn left immediately onto Zoo Circle.
The zoo has over 500 animals with one fourth of them being endangered species. Ride the pre-Civil War train in the park as it runs around the lake and through the pine trees. Please call ahead for hours of operation.

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Economy & Industry

Lufkin economy: lumber, forest products and agriculture.
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