The History Center’s origins can be traced to Diboll’s community library, which began collecting old photos, papers and memorabilia for America’s bicentennial celebration in 1976 and Texas’ sesquicentennial in 1986. The community’s contributions, along with materials from the Diboll-based Temple-Inland Forest Products Corporation, soon outgrew the 700- square-foot library annex. With the company’s help, the 12,000-square-foot History Center was born. Visitors are immediately drawn into The History Center’s doors by the exquisite surrounding woodwork — cypress walls preserved from the 1950s complement floors of yellow pine, the material responsible for Temple’s success. Exhibit panels feature remarkable 100-year-old photos documenting Diboll’s past as a lumber company town, and an authentic 1920 Baldwin 68-ton steam locomotive offers a glimpse of the area’s logging history. The History Center also contains an impressive collection of archives, including 70,000 photos of local people and events, several decades’ worth of community newspapers, Temple company log books and family documents dating to the 1840s. A reading room provides access to books, microfilm and maps while offering visitors a pleasant atmosphere to research East Texas history.
The History Center
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m.