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ANGELINA COUNTY COURTHOUSE
County Seat - Lufkin, Texas

The Current 1955 Courthouse - Lufkin
The 1903 Courthouse - Lufkin
Courthouse History

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The razed 1903 Angelina County Courthouse,  Lufkin, Texas
The razed 1903 Angelina County Courthouse
1939 photo courtesy of TXDoT
Angelina County is named after an Indian girl who became an enthusiastic convert of the Franciscan missionaries. A bronze statue across from the Museum of East Texas honors her.

Angelina County Courthouses

Jonesville was the second of Angelina County’s four county seats, sandwiched between Marion and Angelina (aka Homer). It served in this capacity from 1854-1858.

Jonesville never grew and in it’s short reign as county seat and they never got around to building a courthouse. County offices were rented.


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. 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.


How a town was born by Bob Bowman
The Galveston Daily News of June 7, 1907, carried an article titled, “Some Interesting Notes Concerning That Section of East Texas Which is Today Attracting So Much Attention.” Writing about Angelina County, the unknown author described the county as “full of romantic incidents, to say nothing of tragedy and material of a more substantive nature.”... more

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The 1955 Courthouse - Lufkin

1903 Angelina County courthouse cornerstone,  Lufkin TX
"The uninspiring 1955 Angelina County courthouse in Lufkin."
- Terry Jeanson, December, 2007 photo
The Present Angelina County Courthouse - Lufkin

Date - 1955
Architect - Wilbur Kent
Style - Modern
Material - Brick, limestone and steel

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1955 Angelina County Courthouse, Lufkin, Texas
The 1955 Angelina County Courthouse

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The 1903 Courthouse - Lufkin
Angelina County Courthouse mural by Lance Hunter
The demolished Angelina County courthouse as it appears in a downtown Lufkin mural by Lance Hunter
TE Photo, 2002
Remembering a Courthouse by Bob Bowman

"[I]n the l950s, many Texas counties threw aside history, tradition and elegance and replaced some of our finest courthouses with modern buildings -- many of them with little character or appeal. That happened in my home town of Lufkin.

The Angelina County Commissioners Court decided that its fifty-year old courthouse, resplendent with a dome and a clock, was inadequate to meet the county's needs. Following a bond election to fund a new courthouse, the county demolished the old courthouse without ceremony in 1953." ... more
1903 Angelina County courthouse cornerstone , Lufkin Tx
"The cornerstone from the 1902-03 Angelina County courthouse embedded in a wall on the first floor of the current courthouse." - Terry Jeanson, December, 2007 photo
1903 Angelina County courthouse , Lufkin Tx
"The 1902-03 Angelina County courthouse designed by architect James Riely Gordon. This painting, by artist Audrey Midford, is hanging in the county clerk's office in the current courthouse." - Terry Jeanson, December, 2007
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