“Pure Texas", Gainesville is located in a beautiful valley just 5 miles south of the Red River (the Oklahoma/Texas border) and 50 miles from the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. Gainesville has many historic Victorian homes, complete with watchtowers that once served as lookout points for bandits and Indians. The town flourished with development of the oil, cattle, cotton, and horse industries. The Chisholm Trail, the Butterfield Stage Line, and the California Trail all passed through the area at one time, guaranteeing its longevity and strategic importance. Local attractions include the Morton Museum, Santa Fe Depot Museum, Frank Buck Zoo, State Theater and Camp Howze, which give visitors a sense of Gainesville’s unique history. The downtown area is bustling with antique shops. Water sport and camping opportunities are available at Texoma and Ray Roberts lakes, just minutes away. The city maintains an 18-hole golf course across from the Gainesville Municipal Airport, which provides courtesy cars. Today a major draw is the Gainesville Factory Shops outlet mall.

 For more information contact the Gainesville Chamber of Commerce Mon-Fri at 940-665-2831.

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Amtrak Station Information

605 E. California St.
Gainesville, TX 76240

• This is an unstaffed station

Fully accessible to persons using wheelchairs


Gainesville Factory Shops
4321 IH 35 North
Gainesville, TX 76240
(888) 545-7220
More than three dozen brand name outlets and specialty stores plus food court and children's play area, surrounded by extensive landscaping. 

Frank Buck Zoo
California Street at IH-35
Gainesville, TX 76240
(940) 668-4533
Named in honor of the adventurer of "bring 'em back alive" fame and Gainesville native, Frank Buck. Monkeys, zebras, flamingos, bears and giraffes provide hours of enjoyment for the whole family. Shaded picnic tables.

Front 30 Ranch Guest House
198 Cedar Mills Road
Gordonville, TX 76245
(903) 523-5982
Outstanding Bed and Breakfast Accommodations, a short distance from Gainesville. Located on a Longhorn cattle ranch adjacent to nearby Lake Texoma and major marinas/resorts, we offer great service, gourmet meals, full array of amenities, total relaxation, and free transportation for Amtrak passengers. We will be waiting for you at the station and make sure you catch the Heartland Flyer, on time, for your trip home. Call or visit our web site for more details.


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