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GAINESVILLE, TEXAS

Cooke County Seat, North Central Texas
Interstae 35 Highway 82
67 miles N of Dallas
22 miles E of Saint Jo
33 miles N of Denton
33 miles W of Sherman

Population: 15,536 (2000) 14,256 (1990)

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Gainesville Tx Historic Building
Downtown Gainesville
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009

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History in a Pecan Shell
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History in a Pecan shell

1840: Peters Colony attracts first settlers by offering land grants
1845: Fort Fitzhugh established 3.5 miles Southeast of the future town
1850: Town established on 40 acres donated by Mary Clark
1851: post office is granted
1858: Gainesville becomes a stop on the Butterfield Stagecoach Line from Missouri to California
1862: The "Great Hanging" incident where 40 men were lynched (and 2 shot) for being Union loyalists
1873: Town is incorporated
1886: The Santa Fe Railroad comes through Gainesville
1915: Gainesville's population reaches nearly 7,500 people
1942: Camp Howze opens as an Infantry training facility - population doubles

Gainesville Landmarks / Attractions / Images

Cooke County Courthouse

Morton Museum of Cooke County -
In the restored firehouse - 210 S. Dixon

Camp Howze -
WWII POW Camp and Infantry Training near Gainesville

Gainesville Santa Fe Passenger Depot

Gainesville Churches

Elm Bridge
Red River Bridge
Turner Hotel -
Then & Now
Gainesville High School
Gainesville East School
Gainesville TX Depot
Gainesville Santa Fe Passenger Depot
Photo courtesy Mike Price, December 2007
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Gainesville TX St Paul Episcopal Church
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Skylight of Cooke CountyCourthouse, Gainesville, Texas
Cooke County Courthouse
Photo by Barclay Gibson, 2005
Gainesville Tx Civil War Statue
Civil War Memorial
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Gainesville Tx Former Cooke County Jail
Former Cooke County Jail
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Gainesville Tx State Theater
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State Theater Gainesville Tx
Gainesville's State Theater
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Gainesville Tx Old Factory Building
Old factory building
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
Victorian Architecture
Photo courtesy Mike Price, December 2007
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Camp Howze , near Gainesville  Texas
Camp Howze
Photo courtesy Sarah Reveley, 2007
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Gainesville Chronicles
  • The 1862 Hangings at Gainesville Texas by W.T. Block
    Certainly one of the worst atrocities of the Civil War occurred in Gainesville, Texas in Oct. 1862, when 40 men, suspected of Union sympathies, were hanged...
  • Flagpole by Mike Cox
    This story is about a mystery involving the flag staff that once stood at Camp Howze, a sprawling World War II Army base at Gainesville...
  • Circus by Mike Cox
    Being a newspaper editor always has been something of a high wire act. But for Peggy O’Neal, it was easy...
  • Gainesville Native Sons

  • Bring 'Em Back Alive: Frank Buck Archie P. McDonald
    Before the late Steve Ervin wrestled his first crocodile, before Jane Goodall learned to communicate with chimps, before swimming champion Johnny Weissmuller personified Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan and Jungle Jim in movies and serials, and before John Wayne performed in a film titled "Hatari!" about a professional trapper of animals for zoos, Frank Buck captured American and international audiences with tales of his adventures doing just those kinds of things everywhere on the planet...
  • "My Blue Heaven: Gene Austin" by Archie P. McDonald
    Gainesville, in Cooke County, gained a native son named Eugene Lucas on June 24,1900. Lucas became one of the nation's most popular entertainers during the 1930s, but by then he used his stepfather's name-Austin...
  • Cotton gin, Gainesville, Texas 1910
    Cotton Gin in Gainesville, 1910
    Postcard courtesy www.rootsweb.com/ %7Etxpstcrd/
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    Gainesville Tourist Information
  • Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce:
    P.O. Box 518 101
    South Culberson Street, Gainesville, TX 76241
    Toll Free: 888-585-4468 Local: 940-665-2831
    http://www.gainesvilletexas.org/
  • City of Gainsville
    200 S. Rusk Street, Gainesville, Texas 76240
    940-668-4500
    Website: http://www.gainesville.tx.us/
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