Gainesville, Texas


2013 Best Small Towns in America

Contest ends:  September 3, 2013

9 Votes - "Most Patriotic"
1 Votes - "Friendliest"


Named after Edmund Pendleton Gaines, Gainesville is a town deeply rooted in its past with historic homes, traditional events and long standing educational institutions. The town is home to North Central Texas College and North Texas Medical Center and has the largest school system in its county. It most notably plays host to the Medal of Honor program, welcoming every recipient in the nation.

Gainesville’s derives historic relevance from World War II when it was home to Camp Howze, one of the largest replacement training centers. The local train station was used by the Amtrak Lone Star, which stopped operating in 1979. The station’s reopening in 1999 brought a renewed prosperity to the town. One of Gainesville's noteworthy events is the annual Depot Day. Every October the town celebrates railroad history with a car show, an art show, and other entertainment.

Visit the Morton Museum to get a glimpse into the town’s history. This building originally housed Gainesville's city hall, fire station, and jail. Now you can research genealogy or take a tour of the historic downtown and sites in the area including two theatres and a performing arts center.

Families will particularly enjoy Frank Buck Zoo. The zoo was originally on the grounds of the former Gainesville Community Circus, which helped bring tourism to the town in the 30s and 40s. The zoo’s current location is in Leonard Park. For more on 2012’s Most Patriotic Town, check out its reviews.

Gainesville is a small town with a big heart. It honors our Vets every year with parades, food, speeches and air force fly overs in honor of these great men. Gainesville, we are proud of you.
Reviewed by
on May 16, 2012
You want find a better place in the USA to live!!
Reviewed by Bkclegg1
on May 16, 2012
You will not find a more patriotic city in the good ole USA!!!!!!! The whole community joins together and takes pride in our country!
Reviewed by callisburg
on May 16, 2012
Great small town in north texas
Reviewed by lanny
on May 16, 2012
Gainesville Texas is a small city where patriotism is expressed by citizens of all ages. The one and only Medal Of Honor Host City Program that has a mission to honor the valor and sacrifice of Medal of Honor Recipients and their families. Not only do we honor them, but we educate our school children, our community, our state, any anyone else who comes to visit on our National Treasures. It is such an honor to live in the most Patriotic City in America.
Reviewed by PaulaMoore
on May 16, 2012
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