LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - 134 years ago, the railroad boom made its way through the Pineywoods and Lufkin soon became a reality.
On Tuesday morning, the Angelina County Genealogical Society celebrated the birthday of the city that would become the county seat for Angelina County. The city was named after Abraham P. Lufkin, a cotton merchant and Galveston City Council member. Lufkin was a family member of Paul Bremond, the president of Houston, East and West Texas Railway which was at the center of the formation of the town.
At one point, Lufkin was smaller than nearby Homer but as the railroad grew so did Lufkin and soon the residents came flocking in. According to genealogical president Dickie Dixon, Lufkin has grown nearly 400 percent since the early 1900s.
At the celebration, Dixon said he was confident the city would remain a strong force in East Texas.
"I know a lot of people have been down lately because of the loss of industry," Dixon said. "Like Trent Ashby told the crowd, we just want to point out the resilience in the people of Lufkin. When the railroad came, there was 12 million acres untouched. Forestry will continue to be a part of that. Probably we will have to diversify. We got a good chamber here and we got good leadership in the city and the county and I think we are going to see this through."