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. |
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.
never grew and in it’s short reign as county seat and they never got around to
building a courthouse. County offices were rented.
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
(being the first Angelina County seat) had retained the county’s first (log) courthouse.
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.
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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uninspiring 1955 Angelina County courthouse in Lufkin."
Jeanson, December, 2007 photo
Angelina County Courthouse - Lufkin
Date - 1955
Architect - Wilbur Kent
Style - Modern
Material - Brick,
limestone and steel
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1955 Angelina County Courthouse|
Postcard courtesy rootsweb.com/
demolished Angelina County courthouse as it appears in a downtown Lufkin mural
by Lance Hunter |
TE Photo, 2002
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
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|
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||