Seniors Drop by Lufkin


Lufkin, a city in Angelina County in eastern Texas, was founded in 1882. The population is approaching 36,000. Senior travelers will find Lufkin in what is known as “Deep East Texas.”

The city is named for Abraham P. Lufkin, a cotton merchant and Galveston city councilman. Lufkin was the father-in-law of Paul Bremond, president of the Houston, East and West Texas Railway which developed the town.

Located in the beautiful Texas Forest Country, Lufkin is conveniently located near major cities like Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Waco. Lufkin remains peaceful and quaint while serving as a regional hub for retail shopping, medical facilities, industry, and government.


 Seniors Find Home to Industry, Candy and Grocery Chain

Lufkin is home to Lufkin Industries, which manufactures and services oil field equipment and power transmission equipment, and supplies of creosote-treated utility poles. It is also home to the Atkinson Candy Company, the creator of the Chick-O-Stick, and Brookshire Brothers, a chain of grocery stores in Texas and Louisiana.

Check out the longhorn steers on this video called “My Home Town.” Angelina College is a community college in Lufkin with special-purpose branches in nearby Nacogdoches and Crockett. The student population runs little over 5,000.


Senior golfers, toss the clubs in the trunk and play a round or two at the Lufkin Golf Club then relax in the Kit McConnico Park or stroll along Ratcliff Lake. Plan a visit to the Naranjo Museum of Natural History in Lufkin that unveiled an almost 4 billion-year-old moon rock display that is on permanent loan from NASA’s Johnson Space Center.

Seniors Enjoy Cultural Center

Since its inception in 1976, the Museum of East Texas has grown to become a dynamic cultural center. Originally in a historic 1906 church, the Museum contains an extensive collection of paintings and sculptures produced by East Texas artists as well as American, Latin American and European masters.


Care to learn all about early logging in the area? Then the Texas Forestry Museum will be to your liking where you will can enjoy a “Hands on Experience” of early Texas. For those of you who enjoy early history, this museum is a must.

The Ellen Trout Zoo is highly popular with visitors, seniors to children and began offering educational programs to schools in the area in 1977.  After your visit to the Zoo, you are invited to shop, dine and enjoy the 50 name-brand stores, specialty boutiques, restaurants and service providers at Lufkin Mall.

Seniors, plan to spend some quality time enjoying Lufkin when you are driving through East Texas. -jeb

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