Lufkin is the largest city in Angelina County, Texas. The city is situated in Deep East Texas, 60 miles west of the Texas-Louisiana border. The city has a total area of 33.38 square miles.
Lufkin was founded in 1884 and was named after Abraham P. Lufkin. It originally served as a stop on the Houston, East, and West Texas Railway. The city was officially incorporated on October 15, 1890. Lufkin continued to serve as a stop on the railroad until 1890. Three businessmen founded Angelina Lumber Company, which led to much of the economic prosperity Lufkin eventually saw. When the timber boom came to an end, a new golden era of expansion began.
As of the 2020 United States Census, Lufkin was home to 34,143 people, 12,755 households, and 8,277 families residing in the city. Of the 12,929 households, 31.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.2% were married couples living together, 18.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.6% were not families; 27.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 26.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age, or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.21,
Lufkin is still home to Lufkin Industries and Lufkin Gears LLC, which manufactures and services oil field equipment and power transmission equipment. It also supplies creosote-treated utility poles. Lufkin is also home to the Atkinson Candy Company, the creator of the Chick-O-Stick, and Brookshire Brothers, a chain of grocery stores in Texas and Louisiana. Lufkin received Texas’s first biomass power plant in late 2009.
Culture & Recreation:
Ellen Trout Zoo is a public zoo owned by the city with over 500 various animals. Ellen Trout Park also offers a lake and public playgrounds. The city also offers museums, golfing, a downtown walking tour, and theater arts including the Pine Theater and Naranjo Museum as well as the Museum of East Texas.