The story of our Texas forests encompasses a lot more than just trees. Sawmills, log wagons and railway timber cars, forest fire lookout towers, tree planters, German prisoners of war, lumberjacks, timber barons, and wood product manufacturing all played a part in this robust narrative. During the state's lumber industry heyday, between 1890 and 1900, Texas timber contributed more to the economy than any other industry. The bonanza was short-lived, however, due to clear-cutting and the absence of a forest management plan. That all changed by the early 20th century, thanks to conservation efforts by concerned citizens, and we were able to save what was left and transform it into the healthy forest habitat we see today. You can track the entire story at the Texas Forestry Museum located in Lufkin. Enjoy permanent and changing exhibits highlighting the special places and personalities responsible for our Texas timber history. Learn about life in a sawmill town, how paper is made, and see the tools and equipment of the trade, including a real logging caboose!
Texas Forestry Museum
Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.