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 by far the Most Patriotic!
Reviewed by spencerflint
on May 15, 2012
Patriotism abounds in Gainesville, TX! We are the only Medal of Honor Host City in the USA and we celebrate that with a three-day event, culminating with a spectacular patriotic parade for the citizens and Recipients.. Each Veteran's Day we celebrate with a wonderful evening program complete with fireworks or a laser show. Flags are flown downtown and on the streets on each patriotic holiday. Citizens place their hands over their hearts, remove their hats, and proudly recite the Pledge of Allegiance at parades, ball games, and other events. Memorial Day is remembered by the local VFW placing flags on graves at the cemetery. We epitomize the meaning of the word "patriotism" in this small community.
Reviewed by emchorse
on May 15, 2012
May the best win Gainesville!
Reviewed by ejevulova
on May 15, 2012
Awesome place to live and work.
Reviewed by susanahowe
on May 15, 2012
Gainesville is the best!! and the most patriotic in america!!!
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