Texas trees are not always viewed as icons of the state. The Lone Star State, usually brings visions of cattle, cowboys and oil wells. However, between 1890 and 1900, the timber business of Texas brought more money to the economy of the state than any other industry.
The 14 million acres of the East Texas Pineywoods are still important to Texas. Sawmills, logging railroads, and modern forest management have all influenced East Texas culture. The story of the people, places and products of the Pineywoods are the focus of the exhibits at the Texas Forestry Museum.
Highlights of the permanent exhibits include:
The story of paper, with special emphasis on Southland Mills Inc. that opened a new industry for the south - newsprint made from southern yellow pine.
This exhibit depicts the life of a sawmill doctor and his role in a sawmill town. This exhibit was made possible from donations from the Angelina Rotary Club, Rotary International, and the family of Dr. Arthur Bryan. The Bryan family has also donated artifacts for this exhibit. This exhibit is interactive for children!