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.

Love this town and it's wonderful people!
Reviewed by m.lipscomb
on May 16, 2012
Love this wonderful town. A great place to work and shop. The Medal of Honor event really brings out the patriotism in the town and the wider area.
Reviewed by JoshuaBrinkley
on May 16, 2012
After leaving in 1994 and returning  only one year ago. To come home a "retiree"/disabled veteran of the U.S. Army, having attended many Medal of Honor banquets myself across this great country celebrating/honoring my fellow brothers-in-arms,MOH recipients. I've personally witnessed this communities; utmost pride, loving and sincere thankfulness , and the most grateful hearts that this great city displays to all soldiers, both past and present. Leaving no question in it becoming The MOH recipient/host city. I'm proud to call this great place my home.
Reviewed by Markh8675
on May 16, 2012
Ask any Medal of Honor recipient which town is the most patriotic and without a doubt they will tell you Gainesville, Texas. We are proud to honor the men and women who serve our country,
Reviewed by susue_46
on May 16, 2012
Gainesville Texas has been hosting Medal of Honor recipients since 2001Each year they speak at the schools and then the kids put on a programFor them. They put on BBQ's, parade, banquet, plant trees in honorOf each one, patrol cars representing each one who has visitedCheck out this wonderful town!
Reviewed by Astatham
on May 16, 2012
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