Why Visit Huntington
Located in the piney woods of Deep East Texas is the City of Huntington, only minutes away from some of the best fishing and water sports in the state and nation. Huntington is known as the “Gateway to Lake Sam Rayburn,” a lake which is perfect for individual or group activities such as fishing, boating, camping, picnics, or just watching the sunset.
Settlers formed a townsite in this area in the 1880s. In 1900, the city was named for Collis P. Huntington, chairman of the board of the Southern Pacific Railroad. With the arrival of the railroad, the population began to grow. The town was incorporated in 1938, and it began a steady growth that continues even today.
Huntington is a short drive from Lufkin, only eight miles past the loop on US Highway 69 South. As such, we are close to numerous places of business where many of our residents work. With a growing population of over 2300, several newly built houses have been completed over the past couple of years, and several are currently under construction, important to a city growing as rapidly as ours.
There are several small businesses in town that provide for the needs of our people. Some medium sized businesses are looking to move here, which increases the number of people who can work in the town in which they live. Other businesses and corporations are also considering Huntington as a place to begin new business operations.
A local newspaper, The Huntington Messenger, was succeeded by The Huntington Herald in 1911. The Herald, still published monthly, is distributed free on the first day of the month. The Herald has several contributing volunteer writers who provide local news, as well as informative information about citywide events, and even some exceptionally entertaining columns.
The McMullen Memorial Library was dedicated in 1953 as a memorial to the nineteen young men from Huntington who died in World War II. The library, open year round, provides services to anyone wishing to take advantages of their many free learning opportunities.
Huntington has a highly successful school district with numerous programs for students, both academic and athletic. Students score well yearly across the board on standardized testing, and excel in almost every extracurricular activity. Several students and organizations qualify for state competition each year. The campus and district administrators have done a wonderful job of encouraging students to try their best, achieve success in all areas, and prepare for the future.
People in Huntington have a genuine concern for each other. It’s normal for neighbors to help neighbors, for people to stop and help others who are having problems, such as car trouble, and take care of others when various needs or emergencies arise.
Overall, Huntington is a wonderful place to live, work, raise a family, and spend retirement years. This attitude is evidenced by several townspeople seen wearing t-shirts that read, Huntington, My Home, My Family.
You can visit the City of Huntington website at CityofHuntington.org for information on departments, government, services, and more.