The History Center uses exhibits, both on-site and on-line, to showcase some of our vast collections of documents and photographs.
Diboll: An Enduring Community
Enduring Communtiy Exhibit
This exhibit presents the community history of Diboll, Texas, from the late nineteenth century to the early twenty-first century. It explores the growth and development of the community from its origin as a sawmill company town, stressing the role forests and transportation resources play in helping to build and sustain the economy, and highlights the collective public effort that has been the community's foundation for more than a century. The exhibit consists of eleven panels containing more than 100 photographs and three display cases of small artifacts.
Engine 13 (1962)
Engine 13, a 1920 Baldwin 68-ton 4-6-0, pulls a trainload of logs across a trestle near Diboll in about 1962. Now cosmetically restored, Engine 13 is the anchor of The History Center's outdoor exhibits.
Eagles Baseball Team (1949)
The Eagles were Diboll's semi-pro Negro League baseball team. They pose in 1949, shortly after changing their name from the Dragons. From left, standing, are Amos Randolph, Freddie Randolph Jr., M. Lee Overstreet, Jeff Sibley, Herbert Brown, Herbert Allen, Willie Trimble, Smoky Barnes, and Otis Spikes. Kneeling are Archie Robert Nash, Orea Hubbard, George Hodges, and Reuben "Jelly" Samuel.
Timberland Theater in 1942
Diboll youth relax on the front porch of the Timberland Theater in 1942. Playing then, or coming soon, were Blondie's Blessed Event, Sergeant York, Grand Central Murder, Rings On Her Fingers, and Whispering Ghosts.