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 come from a long line of Patriots. I served in the Navy over 30 years, and have lived all over the country. In all my travels, I never found a more Patriotic City, than Gainesville Texas.
Some cities may claim they are Patriotic, Gainesville lives Patriotism, 365 days a year.
Gainesville's Patriotism climaxes every April, when they invite America's living Medal of Honor Recipients for a Celebration of Valor. Many Veterans, like myself bring our children and grandchildren to Gainesville, to teach them about Honor, Valor, and Patriotism.
Gainesville is known nationwide, as America's "Medal of Honor Host City."
You are not going to find a more Patriotic City in America!
God Bless the Citizens of Gainesville Texas!
Reviewed by W5EAK
on June 14, 2012
Proud to call Gainesville home. As many others have said already...The only MOH host city in the nation. People ask how we accomplish this,the answer is, "Thats what we do"
Reviewed by
on June 14, 2012
Gainesville is the only Medal of Honor Host City in the country and I think that is pretty impressive. They take pride in honoring our country's patriotic heros. It is a great small town to live in and I am proud to have grown up in Gainesville, TX.
Reviewed by bgregg0311
on June 14, 2012
It's like "The girl next door" of small towns. Main Street USA!!
Reviewed by ComputerThom
on June 4, 2012
I am honored and privileged to live in the most patriotic city in America, Gainesville Texas. I have no doubt about this. You see...we have references from experts on the subject from our nation’s greatest heroes, the Congressional Medal of Honor recipients who travel all around the country year round. Gainesville, Texas is the country's only Medal of Honor Host City in America. Each year this small town of 16,000 people raise money for a 3 day event that allows all who come an opportunity to see and visit with MOH recipients. This year 14 MOH recipients attended and over the last 11 years there have been 38 MOH recipients that have visited the city. Why do they all come to such a small city in North Texas? It's to see the most amazing show of patriotism that they have ever witnessed. Through Gainesville the show of patriotism is growing across Texas and America. During the 60 mile motorcade from DFW airport to Gainesville, almost every overpass has a huge flag flying over it provided by the local fire departments. Over 20 law enforcement agencies with 350 Patriot Guard and other motorcycles clubs escort the 8 mile long motorcade all the way back to Gainesville. While in Gainesville, the citizens have the opportunity to show their small town patriotism throughout the event. Almost 100% of Gainesville school students have seen and spent time with a Medal of Honor recipient. We are teaching our kids about patriotism and duty, honor, country for the future. The best way to get a feel for Gainesville's patriotism is through visiting these video links:
Reviewed by labman0001
on June 1, 2012
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