Lufkin Lookout 2 LbNA # 24384
|Placed Date||Aug 4 2006|
*** Part of my TX Wildlife Trail Series ***
Terrain Difficulty: Easy (flat, 100 yards RT)
Recommended Ink: green & blue
Lufkin was founded in 1882 as a stop on the Houston, East and West Texas Railway when the line built from Houston to Shreveport, Louisiana, and named for Capt. Abraham P. Lufkin, a Galveston cotton merchant and city councilman. It is located in the heart of the East Texas Piney Woods region so is the home of vast lumber and wood-products industries, along with access to outdoor recreation in both Angelina and Davy Crockett National Forests. Since forestry has played such an important role in Lufkin's history, it is not surprising that the Texas Forestry Museum is located here. It is part of the Stephen F. Austin Loop described on the Prairies & Pineywoods Wildlife Trail - East map. Visitors will find a full logging train, a forest fire lookout tower, early logging tools and equipment, and the Urban Wildscape Trail, where this microbox is hidden. The Museum, the only one of its kind in Texas, is located at 1905 Atkinson Dr. (Hwy 103 East) and is open Monday - Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. on Sunday. No admission is charged. This box contains a different stamp than the original Lufkin Lookout that went missing and is in a new location, so consider it a new box.
Lufkin is located about 120 miles northeast of Houston. Take Hwy 59 north to Lufkin and take Loop 287 east for about 4 miles and exit at TX 103/Atkinson Drive. Turn left on Atkinson Drive and go about .5 mile to the Texas Forestry Museum on the right.
After enjoying the museum, walk north behind it to the Urban Wildscape Trail, which starts by the picnic area. From the trail head sign, walk west on the paved path for 32 steps to a fork in the loop trail. Continue straight (west) for 90 steps, passing the old fire lookout tower and logging train on your left. The trail now turns to the right (north) by a white ash tree. The camo microbox is on the back side of the white ash tree. Please rehide well.