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Physical Features: Rolling, hilly East Texas county; black, red, gray soils; Angelina National Forest.
Economy: Timber; manufacturers of iron and steel castings, truck trailers, mobile homes; government/services; wood and paper products.
History: Caddoan area. First land deed to Vicente Micheli 1801. Anglo-American setters arrived in 1820s. County created and organized in 1846 from Nacogdoches County; named for legendary Indian maiden Angelina.
Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 61.5; Black, 15.7; Hispanic, 21.2; Asian, 1.1; Other, 2.1.
Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 1,240; deaths, 850; marriages, 656; divorces, 421.
Recreation: Sam Rayburn Reservoir; national, state forests, parks; locomotive exhibit; Forest Festival, bike ride in fall.
Minerals: Limited output of natural gas and oil.
Agriculture: Poultry, beef, horticulture, limited fruits and vegetables. Market value $46.4 million. A leading timber-producing county.
LUFKIN (36,656) county seat; manufacturing; Angelina College; hospitals; U.S., Texas Forest centers; zoo; Expo Center and Texas Forestry Museum.
|A road disappears into the trees of Angelina National Forest. Photo by Ron Billings.|