Our town was founded in 1882 as a stop on the Houston, East and West Texas Railway, when the line was built from Houston to Shreveport, La. It was named for Capt. Abraham P. Lufkin, a Galveston cotton merchant and city councilman, who was a close friend of HE&WT Railway president Paul Bremond. Lufkin grew both because of its proximity to the railroad and the extensive lumber industry.
We receive approximately 54 inches of rain per year and no snowfall. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is around 80. On average, we have about 206 sunny days annually. The July high is around 93 degrees while the January low is 36.
Most of town is served by the Lufkin Independent School District. A few small sections in the west are in the Hudson Independent School District. Local institutes of higher learning include Angelina College and Texas Bible College with Stephen F. Austin State University in nearby Nacogdoches.
Woodland Heights Medical Center and Memorial Health System of East Texas, both award-winning hospitals, provide comprehensive health care services to Lufkin and the surrounding area. Our community is also served by a Veterans Administration outpatient clinic, assisted living centers, several nursing homes and specialized treatment facilities.
Kurth Memorial Library is in town for residents and visitors to peruse.
General aviation service is provided by the Angelina County Airport.
Parks and recreational opportunities include 10 public parks, two swimming pools, 14 tennis courts and 10 theaters. Hop on your bike or set out on foot to experience the untold beauty and vibrant wildlife of Lufkin’s Azalea Trail. There are three 18-hole golf courses, including Crown Colony Country Club, which has consistently been rated as one of the top 10 golf courses in Texas for over 20 years.
Downtown boasts many eating establishments, unique retail shops and antique collections. Beautiful murals painted by Lance Hunter grace the downtown area. In our city hall, one will find the Medford Western Art Collection, which features beautiful Western art.
Texas Forestry Museum showcases the industry that made Lufkin possible - forest products. The Museum of East Texas explores art and history through exhibits, lectures, performances, classes and publications.
Ellen Trout Park & Zoo is one of our main attractions and has over 500 animals, one-fourth of which are endangered species. It has received numerous state and national awards.
Lake Sam Rayburn is the largest reservoir completely in the state of Texas. It has more than 570 miles of shoreline and attracts approximately 2 million users each year to the state's best bass fishing, water sports, camping and more.
Lufkin is located between the Davy Crockett and Angelina national forests.