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.

The Medal of Honor program showcases this towns patriotism!
Reviewed by BMoore
on May 15, 2012
We wave the Red, White & Blue!! Parades, annual celebrations for Medal of Honor recipients!!
Reviewed by bforsythe
on May 15, 2012
Gainesville Texas believes in "Duty, Honor and Country" and remembers those that fought for our freedom. This town is proud to be patriotic!
Reviewed by Mohhostcity
on May 15, 2012
Gainesville, Texas is truly a wonderful place to live. Many have posted about the Medal of Honor and it is an awesome 4 days that showcases the very best Gainesville has to offer. The schools welcome these great heroes with open arms. The students hear first hand from these fine men what patriotism really means. The community turns itself inside out making sure that when the MOH recipients arrive our flags are flying, our hearts are full of appreciation for what these men accomplished during their time in battle and our minds are aware that we still have young men and women serving in wars. Last December a former Gainesville resident and former student of mine contacted the local VFW. She is serving in the military and was requesting help for the soldiers returning home at Christmas. There were not going to be enough sheets and blankets for all those returning to her particular base. Within days Gainesville rallied around this situation and supplied her with enough sheets, blankets and pillows many of which had gift cards attached along with notes welcoming the soldiers home and thanking them for their service. As one woman put it, "My child is serving in the military and I would like to think that someone would do this for him". So you see Patriotism is in the hearts and minds of Gainesville citizens, young and old 365 days a year!
Reviewed by Lnichols
on May 15, 2012
Medal of Honor Host City
Reviewed by lucassj
on May 15, 2012
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