Historical Markers in
Angelina County, Texas

Angelina & Neches River Railroad Angelina County Angelina County Lumber Company Berry Cemetery Beulah Congregational Methodist Church Beulah School Birthplace of Allan Shivers Brown Cemetery Burke Methodist Church Burke School Calder (Cotton) Square Camp Nancy Central Consolidated School Cheeseland City of Lufkin Civilian Conservation Corps and Forestry in Texas Clark's Ferry and Clark's Ferry Cemetery, Site of Collins-Shotwell House Depot Explosion and Mystery Diboll Don Joaquin Crossing on Bedias Trail Emporia Emporia Cemetery Equipment Typical of Early Texas Logging Ewing Fairview School First Baptist Church Diboll First Baptist Church of Lufkin First Christian Church of Lufkin First Methodist Church of Diboll First United Methodist Church of Lufkin Gann Memorial Cemetery German POWs in the East Texas Timber Industry Gibbs House Homer Cemetery Hoshall Huntington Ivy Cemetery Joseph Herrington Kerr's Inc. KRBA-AM Radio Station Kurth Home Lindsey Springs Logging Camp Lufkin CCC Camp Lufkin Daily News Lufkin Foundry and Machine Company Lufkin Telephone Exchange Machinery from Early East Texas Logging Railroads Manning Mantooth Farm Masonic Hall McCarty Cemetery Mount Calvary Baptist Church Old Diboll Library Original Site of St. Cyprian's Episcopal Church Page Cemetery Pine Grove Missionary Baptist Church Pollok Baptist Church Pollok Cemetery Prairie Grove Redland Baptist Church Redland School Renfro Cemetery #1 Ryan Chapel Site of Martin Wagon Company Site of Rehearsal Hall for The Hoo Hoo Band Site of the Town of Homer Site of the Town of Jonesville Site of the Town of Marion Southern Pine Lumber Company Commissary Southland Paper Mills, Inc. Stranger's Rest Cemetery The Gann House Thomas Lewis Latane Temple U. S. Forest Service in Texas U.S. Forest Service in Texas Vicente Micheli W.C. Trout and the Counter-Balanced Pumping Unit Walker Cemetery Whitehouse Cemetery
The first oil well in the United States was drilled in Texas in 1859. The discovery of oil transformed the economy of the state and helped to make Texas one of the wealthiest states in the nation.

Angelina County, located in the eastern part of Texas, has a rich history dating back thousands of years. The area was originally inhabited by various Native American tribes, including the Caddo and Atakapa tribes. The arrival of Spanish explorers in the 16th century had a significant impact on the region, as they established missions and trading posts throughout East Texas.

In the 19th century, the area that is now Angelina County found itself in the middle of the conflict between Spanish Texas and the newly-formed Republic of Mexico. As Mexico gained independence from Spain, the region became a part of the Mexican state of Coahuila y Tejas. This tumultuous period culminated in the Texas Revolution, during which Texas gained its independence from Mexico, leading to the formation of the Republic of Texas.

Angelina County was officially established in 1846, named after a Hainai Native American woman who had served as a guide and interpreter for Spanish and French expeditions in the area. The county experienced rapid growth in the late 19th and early 20th centuries due to the timber industry. The area's vast pine forests attracted logging and sawmill operations, which led to the establishment of several towns and the creation of jobs.

Over the years, Angelina County has diversified its economy beyond timber. The discovery of oil and natural gas in the early 20th century brought further economic growth and development to the region. Today, the county continues to thrive with a mix of industries, including healthcare, education, manufacturing, and agriculture. The county is also home to various recreational areas, including Lake Sam Rayburn and the Angelina National Forest, which attract visitors from near and far. Angelina County's rich history and thriving present make it a vibrant and dynamic part of Texas.

  • 1805: The area that would become Angelina County is part of the disputed Neutral Ground between Spanish Texas and the United States.
  • Early 19th Century: Native American tribes, including the Caddo, Cherokee, and Apache, populate the region.
  • 1837: Angelina County is officially established from parts of Houston County and Nacogdoches County. It is named after a Delaware Indian girl, Angelina, who was married to a settler, who later became a local Native American agent.
  • 1846: The first county seat, Marion, is established near the Neches River, but is later abandoned in favor of the more central Lufkin.
  • Mid-19th Century: The county's economy relies on agriculture, particularly cotton production, as well as timber and sawmills.
  • 1882: The Houston East and West Texas Railway is extended into Angelina County, boosting economic development and commerce.
  • Early 20th Century: The discovery of oil deposits contributes to the county's growth and prosperity.
  • 1927: Lufkin becomes the official county seat, replacing Homer.
  • 20th Century: Angelina County experiences periods of economic growth and decline, influenced by various factors such as the Great Depression, the oil industry, and the timber industry.
  • Today: Angelina County remains an important center for timber production, while also diversifying its economy with manufacturing, healthcare, and education sectors.