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HOMER, TEXAS
AKA Angelina, Texas

Third Angelina County seat

Angelina County, East Texas

31° 17' 20.69" N, 94° 38' 17.74" W (31.28908, -94.63826)
Highway 69
6 Miles SE of Lufkin
Population: 360 est.

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Homer Texas centennial marker close up
Homer Centennial Marker
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2010
Centennial Marker Text

Site of the Town of Homer

Also known as Angelina
Third County Seat of Angelina County
1858-1890

History in a Pecan Shell

Homer became the Angelina County Seat in 1858 after defeating Jonesville in a contested election. Homer’s name was changed to Angelina at this time, but the name didn’t gain favor and it was officially changed back to Homer in 1862.

Marion, Texas (being the first Angelina County seat) had retained the county’s first (log) courthouse. Since Jonesville never built one, the courthouse was dismantled and moved to Homer where it was used until it was replaced by a two-story frame building in 1873.

Homer became the county’s most important town – with only Lufkin as a near rival. The tables were turned in the early 1880s when the Houston, East and West Texas Railroad bypassed Homer in favor of the more direct path through Lufkin.

Homer, even at its high-water mark never had more than 500 residents but the bypassing didn’t cause it to wither. It retained the courthouse and a population in the 300s through the rest of the 1880s.

In late 1891, Homer’s courthouse burned. The more prosperous city of Lufkin became county seat the following year. This official shift did cost Homer its population. By 1904 the population was down to 166 people and ten years later it was a mere 75. It increased in the 20s to just over a hundred. It received a shot in the arm in the 1960s and was incorporated in 1971. The population had increased to 360 by the 1990s – with that figure given to the 2000 Census.


See also
Lufkin - Angelina County Seat
Angelina County Courthouse
Homer Texas centennial marker

Homer Centennial Marker
at the church on the corner of PeeWee Smith & 323
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2010
More Texas Centennial


Homer Chronicles
  • The Murdered Sheriff by Bob Bowman
    Angelina County Sheriff William Reed (Bill) McMullen was one of the men who was killed during a feud between the Gilley and Windham families at Homer in the 1860s. The seeds for the feud were sown by two incidents...

  • Homer TX Angelina Co 1882 Postmark
    Homer TX Angelina Co 1882 Postmark
    Cover cancelled with Homer, Texas 1882 postmark
    Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection
    Angelina County TX 1907 Postal Map

    Angelina County TX 1907 Postal Map showing Homer
    (Above "G" in "ANGELINA")
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office



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