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Gainesville is a city in the state of Texas. It is the county seat of Cooke County.

Get in[edit]

Gainesville is on I-35 near the Oklahoma border, about 30 minutes north of Denton, and US Highway 82, 30 minutes east of Sherman. It is also served by Amtrak and its Heartland Flyer service. The Heartland Flyer goes between Fort Worth and Oklahoma City once each day in both directions, south in the morning and north in the afternoon. 1 Gainesville Station is located at 605 E California St, just west of downtown.

Get around[edit]


  • 1 Frank Buck Zoo, 1000 W California St (ín Leonard Park), +1 940 668-4539. Daily 10AM-4PM. One of the better small-town zoos in the state. $7.50 adults, $6.50 seniors, $5.50 children (up to 12).
  • Historic Victorian homes. On brick-paved Denton, Lindsay, and Church streets.
  • Morton Museum of Cooke County, 210 S Dixon St, +1 940 668-8900. Tu-F 10AM-3PM. Local history museum, kind of sleepy.
  • Santa Fe Depot Museum, 605 E California St (Amtrak station basically), +1 940 668-4579. Tu-Sa 10AM-Noon. Usually has some photography or art exhibits on display, like of the Old West.
  • 2 The Great Hanging Memorial, 799 E Main St. Where some individuals were disturbingly hung during the Civil War for not wanting to participate in Confederate conscription. There's a marker plus a tree.


  • Scenic drives. On Farm and Market roads 372, 678, 902 east and south of town. These roads give some great panoramic views of the rolling Cross Timbers landscape.



  • Catfish Louie's, 1825 E Highway 82, +1 940 665-2779.
  • Dieter Brothers Restaurant, 401 J M Lindsay Blvd. Texas-style barbecue.
  • Hungry Hippo Sub Shop, 112 North Commerce St. This hole-in-the-wall shop sells decent made-to-order sandwiches.
  • 1 Main Street Pub & Eatery, 216 West Main St, +1 940 668-6883. Good home-style dinner spot with a lot of local flavor. Try the trout.
  • 2 Los Mariachis Mexican Restaurant, 319 North Commerce St, +1 940 612-1721. 11AM-9PM. What it lacks in timely service, it makes up for in flavor.
  • 3 Neu Ranch House, 1825 U.S. 82, +1 940 665-6789.
  • Sarah's On the Square, 115 West California St, +1 940 612-4782. Great homestyle cooking, including good soups and burgers. Try the pecan-crusted chicken.



Go next[edit]

Routes through Gainesville
Oklahoma CityArdmore  N  S  Fort WorthEND
Oklahoma CityThackerville  N  S  DentonDallas/Fort Worth
Wichita FallsMuenster  W  E  ShermanTexarkana

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