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 unique 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 annual Medal of Honor Host City event generally held the second weekend in April. Gainesville was voted “Most Patriotic Small Town in America” in 2012 by Rand McNally and USA today.

For more information contact: or (940) 665-2831.

Amtrak Station Information

605 E California St
Gainesville, TX 76240

•Unstaffed station
•Enclosed waiting area
•Free Long-Term Parking
•Free Short-Term Parking
•Fully accessible to persons using wheelchairs

Transportation Information

For transportation in and around Gainesville, contact TAPS. 1-800-256-0911. Please schedule transportation 24 hours in advance. There is a small fee for travel within Gainesville. There is no taxi service available. Contact the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce for other transportation options, rental cars, etc. at 940-665-2831 or