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HUNTINGTON, TEXAS

Angelina County, East Texas

Highway 69
15 Miles NW of Zavalla
10 Miles E of Lufkin
Population: 2,147 (2010) 2,068 (2000)

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History in a Pecan Shell

Named to honor Southern Pacific chairman of the board Collis P. Huntington in 1900, the tracks connecting Dallas with Beaumont passed through here in 1903.

In the heart of the
East Texas forest, the area had resisted attempts at town building in the 1880s and it took the arrival of the railroad to form Huntington.

E. A. Blount of
Nacogdoches and W. J. Townsend, Sr., of Lufkin are credited with founding Huntington. Lots went on sale at the new townsite in June of 1900 and the post office opened that same year.

Soon sawmills were built to harvest the forest. Huntington's was a lumber economy with farming coming in a distant second.

In 1902 the Huntington Baptist Church was organized and was soon followed by Pentecostal, Church of Christ and Methodist congregations.

The town had a healthy population of 600 by 1904., falling to 400 for the Great Depression but rebounding when it was over.

The population reached just over 1,000 for the 1960 census, and nearly 1,700 for the 1980 count. From 1,800 in 1990 it rose to 2,068 by 2000, and
2,147 by 2010.
Huntington, Texas
Area Towns:

Lufkin
Nacogdoches
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