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.

I think Gainesville has more patriotic spirit than anywhere I've ever lived. The parade and week of activities specifically to honor the nation's Medal of Honor recipients surpasses anything done by any other town. We are proud of our veterans!!!
Reviewed by men2012
on May 16, 2012
The warmest and most patriotic people I know live in this little town.
Reviewed by Naborcat
on May 16, 2012
Gainsville has a great Medal of Honor program to remember and honor the country's soldiers who have fought.
Reviewed by redriver
on May 16, 2012
Great city! Extremely patriotic!
Reviewed by dcox
on May 16, 2012
What a wonderfully patriotic little town in the USA! Just ask any veteran or Medal of Honor winner how they'd like to celebrate and be honored and they'll all say, Take me to Gainesville, TX.
Reviewed by vhe708
on May 15, 2012
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