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 have been blessed to call Gainesville home for the past 7 years and can’t imagine a more deserving for the banner “most patriotic.” The heart of our community is demonstrated in those who volunteer and coordinate the Medal of Honor Host City Program. The mission of the organization is as follows:“It shall be the privilege and responsibility of the City of Gainesville Texas to welcome our Nation's Medal of Honor Recipients at every opportunity. In so doing we pay homage to the principles which the Medal of Honor represents… Duty, Honor, Country."
Reviewed by MandyBatesDavis
on June 1, 2012
Gainesville, in my life, has become synonymous with the word patriotic. I see it in the faces of people who volunteer for our Medal of Honor Host City Program, and even more so in the expressions of the recipients who attend. I am a high school senior, and it is remarkably apparent to me just how passionate my community is for not only the Medal of Honor Program, but also how aware the young adults are about it. My school decorates the hallways in patriotic artwork ranging from original drawings by our own students to red and blue confetti chandeliers hanging from above. As the program develops, more and more recipients are recognized. Fifteen are arriving tomorrow! Our continued effort to ensure they are appreciated for their bravery will not cease. There exists no better place for patriotism than right here in Gainesville, Texas.
Reviewed by BrunaGomes
on June 1, 2012
Gainesville has been bringing Medal of Honor Recipients to town since May of 2001. Every year MOH (Medal of Honor) Recipients visit and share their inspiring stories. At this writing there are only 81 living Recipients. Gainesville will have 14 the week of April 11-13th. Great town and often called the most Patriotic by the Recipients. A must attend event.
Reviewed by Lynette
on June 1, 2012
I absolutely am enthralled with the view of all the streets with United States Flags flying!! Love and appreciate Medal of Honor week and this town's recognition and honoring of the military heroes!!
Reviewed by Linda64
on June 1, 2012
The first stop on I-35 when entering North Texas is Gainesville. Gainesville's annual Medal of Honor event is the only one of it's kind in the entire country. 'Nuf said about walking the talk on patriotism! Travelers will find all they need for a brief stop over or for a weekend stay on the Courthouse Square at California and Commerce Streets.
Reviewed by lwandjaw
on May 31, 2012
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