Angelina County, TX.

Named for a Hainai Native American woman!

Angelina County was formed in 1846 from Nacogdoches County. Angelina is named for a Hainai Native American woman who assisted early Spanish missionaries and was named Angelina by them. Angelina County (G-22) is on U.S. Highways 59 and 69 northeast of Houston in the East Texas Timberlands region of northeast Texas. It comprises 807 square miles of gently rolling terrain and is densely forested with pine and a great variety of hardwoods. Its county seat is Lufkin.

County Resources by City
Angelina County Texas
Just as the Hasinai Indian girl named Angelina extended a “hand of friendship and welcome” to Spanish explorers in 1690, we welcome you to Angelina County, located in the heart of the East Texas pineywoods.

City of Burke
Burke, Texas is a small town in southwest Angelina County on U. S. Highway 59 between Lufkin and Diboll, situated on what was originally called Bradley Prairie.
City of Lufkin
Official Web site for the City of Lufkin Texas providing department information, on line services, live webcasting and much more
City of Diboll
For more than 100 years a sawmill has nurtured a community. Once, just a Whistle stop, Diboll has grown into a community that feels more like a large family.
City of Huntington
Named for Collis Potter Huntington, the then chairman of the board of the Southern Pacific Railroad. Huntington is known as the “Gateway to Lake Sam Rayburn”.
City of Zavalla
In southeastern Angelina County, it was established in 1900 on the Texas and New Orleans Railroad. The community was named for its location on the impresario grant made to Lorenzo de Zavala.
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Adjacent counties are; Nacogdoches County, San Augustine County, Jasper County, Tyler County, Polk County, Trinity County, Houston County, and Cherokee County.


The county’s first Anglo settlers were what John Nova Lomax described as “Scotch-Irish backwoods folk.” Cotton farmers and slaves did not come to Angelina County because it had poor soil. Lomax added that “Culturally, the county was less moonlight-and-magnolias Dixie than a little pocket of Appalachia, where pioneers, often from similarly hardscrabble areas of Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi, wanted nothing more than to carve homesteads out of the Piney Woods and river thickets, farm a little, maybe raise a scraggly herd of tough cattle to drive to market in New Orleans.” Lomax added that “[t]hey also wanted to brew up a little whiskey and subsist on the bass, catfish and perch they hauled from the Neches and Angelina rivers and whatever they could trap and shoot on dry land.”

Angelina County was originally occupied by agricultural Indians of Caddoan and Atakapan-related stock. The settlement by whites in the future Angelina County began before the Texas Revolution of 1836. Angelina County was settled predominantly by natives of the southern United States, some of them slave owners who established plantations in their new Texas home. However, many Angelina County farmers were relatively poor men who owned no slaves. In 1861 Angelina County was the only county in East Texas, and one of only a handful of other Texas counties, to reject secession.

The first county seat was Marion; successively, Jonesville became county seat in 1854, Homer in 1858, and Lufkin in 1892. Lufkin was favored by the route of the Houston, East and West Texas Railway, which had been built in 1882 from Houston to Shreveport. The construction in 1882 of the Houston, East and West Texas Railway was followed in a few years by the Kansas and Gulf Short Line, which later became the Cotton Belt. Other railroads of the county included the St. Louis and Southwestern, the Texas Southeastern, the Shreveport, Houston and Gulf, the Groveton, Lufkin and Northern, and the Texas and New Orleans, as well as many small tram lines for lumbering. Lufkin is the hub at which most of these rail lines met. In the 1880s, because of the arrival of the railroads, lumber began quickly to return a bonanza.

The Great Depression hit Angelina County quite hard. By 1933 more than 2,500 residents were on relief rolls—about 10 percent of the county population. This was mainly because the timber industry in Texas was particularly vulnerable to the depression. The boom in housing and other businesses that depended on lumber ceased abruptly with the failure of banks and lending institutions and with unemployment. County inhabitants turned back to small farming and stock raising to feed themselves.

Other places in Angelina County:

Lufkin – Angelina County Chamber of Commerce
For more than 80 years, the Chamber has existed in Angelina County to improve the business climate in Lufkin and Angelina County
The Burke Center
Known originally as Deep East Texas Regional MHMR Services, the Burke Center was founded in 1974 and today provides a variety of quality behavioral healthcare services.

Major highways Include; U.S. Highway 59, U.S. Highway 69, State Highway 63, State Highway 94, State Highway 103, and State Highway 147.

Museums in Angelina County include; The Texas Forestry Museum, in Lufkin, is home to the story of the forests in Texas. Texas trees are not always viewed as icons of the state. The Lone Star State, usually brings visions of cattle, cowboys and oil wells. However, between 1890 and 1900, the timber business of Texas brought more money to the economy of the state than any other industry.

The Museum of East Texas offers a variety of public programs throughout the year and its commitment to visual arts education and cultural enrichment is the driving force behind all of its programs. Exhibitions, lectures, workshops, children’s events and fundraisers cover a wide range of interests and topics and are sure to appeal to everyone.

The History Center. Located in Diboll, is a public history and archives center that collects, preserves, and makes available the history of our region for the educational use and benefit of present and future generations.

Wisteria Hideaway Bed and Breakfast
In the heart of the Piney Woods of east Texas is a 1939 colonial style home providing an oasis of Southern hospitality and warmth.
Double S RV Park
A family owned business striving to meet the needs of the modern day camper. We are a full service park with a pea gravel base parking throughout the entire park. Each RV spot has 30 and 50 amp service including 110 outlets.
Cassels-Boykin Park
located in the mid-lake area of Lake Sam Rayburn. This area is known as one of the best locations in Texas for Largemouth Bass due to its flooded timber, lily pads, channels, drop offs and lots of hydrilla.

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