The History Center uses exhibits, both on-site and on-line, to showcase some of our vast collections of documents and photographs.
East Texas Railroad Photograph Selections
Planes, Trains & Automobiles
Glenn Armstrong of Lufkin made this photo of a plane crash (no train involved) on the Southern Pacific railroad in south Lufkin in January 1965. According to news reports, the Cessna 182 ran out of gas and crashed while trying to make an emergency landing on the Old Diboll Highway. The plane hit a utility pole, spun, and landed upside down on the tracks, before being pulled off by a wrecker (visible at the far left). The pilot, his wife, and three small children all escaped uninjured. They reportedly were from Albuquerque, New Mexico, and were headed to Center, Texas, their former home. The Diboll Free Press claimed that "hundreds of people" crowded near the Loop 287 overpass to see the spectacle.