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.

Wonderful place to live in. VERY proud to tell people where I live and do a lil bragging about it...KB&LB
Reviewed by Poodlegirl2012
on May 15, 2012
I think I speak for everyone that becomes a resident or is from the surounding communities when I say that Gainesville takes pride in honoring not only the people who have served to protect our freedom, but those who have perished also. With the heart of the community, we will continue to do so for future service members.
Reviewed by bwinters
on May 15, 2012
An All American city that displays it's patriotism every day. I was wowed at the enthusiasm and emotion shown during the Medal of Honor military parade this April. What a show on the ground and in the air. I finally got back my own patriotism and gained faith back in this country. Thank you Gainesville, Texas.
Reviewed by RedRIver1
on May 15, 2012
Medal of Honor Week!!
Reviewed by colinchad
on May 15, 2012
The MOH parade is the best! My boys love it.
Reviewed by GERBADAISY
on May 15, 2012
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