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 LOVE going to Gainsville every year ! The whole town really comes out to welcome us,It has become our second HOME!! It is the MOST PATRIOTIC town we've been to and we go to alot of towns throughout the year with the "MEDAL OF HONOR". Were FAMILY!!!
Reviewed by
on May 16, 2012
Gainesville in my opinion is the best and most patriotic small town in America by far!!
Reviewed by Lost Dog
on May 16, 2012
Fun historic city. Beautiful old homes and good local restaurants.
Reviewed by 10010dr
on May 16, 2012
Gainesville is a great little town. Lots of fun stuff to do there.
Reviewed by YankeeFan
on May 16, 2012
Gainesville is the best city to represent patriotism in America, Visit the town anytime and you will see it first hand, Visit it during the Medal of Honor week in Aoril and you will be overwhelmed with American pride,
Reviewed by bigchief
on May 16, 2012
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