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.

There is no place in America more Patriotic and more giving than the good ole folks of Gainesville Tx! This whole community is so giving and so proud of our armed forces. Our medal of honor celebration is one of a kind, and gets better with each passing year. This town has done this for years without recognition, and it's awesome to see it happening!
Reviewed by Klementcasey
on July 16, 2012
Gainesville goes above and beyone with the how they honor the medal of honor recipients. They are not patriotic because there was a contest, it is who they are.
Reviewed by telliott
on July 16, 2012
I love this town. There are so many great shops in the downtown area. Extremely proud to call it home!!
Reviewed by gullejs1
on July 16, 2012
The Patriotism of our city continues to grow and is one of many reasons we are proud to call Gainesville "home"!
Reviewed by karenprivett
on July 16, 2012
From the MOH festivities in April, to the Veteran's Day celebration in November, Gainesville always puts its best foot forward to honor America. It is not a one day a year thing, "Its what we do!"
Reviewed by beallk1
on July 16, 2012
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