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 lived in this patriotic small town MY ENTIRE LIFE. I choose to stay here as an adult. As a child/teen you dream of getting out and seeing the world but as an adult/parent there is no need to as Gainesville brings it to you. Why go visit war memorials when Gainesville brings the most honored veterans to you? I am blessed to raise my children around the same small town values that I grew up with. They play at the same park I did even play tee ball on the same field I played in. I would not trade Gainesville USA for anything!! I meet the love of my life cruising "the drag" in this small town and here we have made our life. You can say what you want about you hometown but unless your hometown is Gainesville it doesn't compare!! I have been blessed to grow up at the Gainesville Police Dept (my mother has worked than for more than 30 years) and watched and respected how patriotic our town has grown. During our Medal of Honor parade certain departments throughout the state send special vehicles that they don't even get out for any of their parades just to drive down our roads to honor some of the greatest people living and not. Gainesville is where a parade is not just a parade and a park is not just a park and a street is not just a street but Medal of Honor Blvd. If that isn't patriotic then I don't know what is!
Reviewed by holleyb
on July 20, 2012
Gainesville is the most patriotic town I've ever been a part of. Even the WWII Vetrans come to celebrate each year. God and country have had a hand on Gainesville for many, many years. It's the best.
Reviewed by textj
on July 20, 2012
Gainesville, TX, what a patriotic small town for someone who doesn't mind being in a place full of prejudice and corruption. The best way to describe this place is by referring it to a black hole that will suck you in and destroy everything you love and hold dear. This place should be voted as the best place to avoid at all costs. The only great thing about Gainesville is Taco Casa.
Reviewed by Godhelpus
on July 20, 2012
I will always be proud to call Gainesville my hometown. Congratulations to Gainesville, and especially all of those who were so instrumental in ensuring Gainesville won! I think it is a great way to motivate current residents to become involved in Gainesville!
Reviewed by Shawnaayers
on July 20, 2012
I have lived in Gainesville all my life and am so proud of Gainesville. Our Medal of Honor Program is really something to be proud of. It's hard to believe that a small town like Gainesville is the only Medal of Honor Host City. Thanks to all of those who are involved in making the Medal of Honor Week so special.
Reviewed by jadefrost
on July 20, 2012
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