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Exhibits & Collections

Permanent Exhibits

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:

Forest History Wing

  • Tools and equipment related to logging and transportation of logs
  • Steam engine that powered a sawmill
  • Plain and Simple: Sawmill Folks at Home, the story of life in a sawmill town
  • Martin log wagon
  • Sawmill Doctor exhibit

Resource & Management Wing

  • Fire lookout tower cab
  • 1953 Texas Forest Service Jeep with Fire Plow
  • High Wheel Cart

Paper Mill Room

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.

Outdoor Exhibits

  • Logging locomotive and tender, log loader and log car, and caboose
  • Sawmill town depot
  • Skidders, tree planters, etc.

Sawmill Doctor Exhibit

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!