Broad Street is the main street (Hwy 80) and is lined with old stores with varied pasts. The town has installed period street lighting to bring back the ambiance of its earlier years and even in the day time I found the lights were lit. There are plenty of antique stores and restaurants.
The house was built in 1903/04 by Owen Pinkney Pyle, an Arkansas native. He became the publisher and editor of the Mineola 'Courier' newspaper at the turn of the century. Mr Pyle was instrumental in establishing the Texas Farm Union and National Farmers Educational and Co-operative Union. He later moved to Belton to continue to be a prominent journalist and leader of the States Progressive Movement.
Right beside the O. P. Pyle house is a historical plaque marking the birthdplace of Miss Ima Hogg who was born here on July 10, 1882. She was the only daughter of Sarah Stinson and Govenor James S Hogg. She devoted her life to the arts, historic preservation and philanthropy and was recognised nationally, receiving many accolades for her services to the people of Texas. She actually died in London in 1975 but lies buried in Austin.
Harry Meredith move to Mineola from Kentucky in 1907 with his wife. He served as president of the Mineola State Bank until the bank merged with the First Nation Bank in 1932. The Meredith built this house in the early 1920's when Harry was serving as the city's mayor (1920-1922). He was know for his philanthropy and gave money to build two dormitories at the Methodist Children's home in Waco. He also organised his own foundation to fund a variety of civic projects in Mineola for the use and enjoyment of Minneola's residents. Harry died in 1962 and is buried in the City Cemetery but his foundation continues to contribute to the city's growth.
The Civic Centre is situated on 38-acres just back from the downtown area. The main building can host banquets or meetings for up to 500 people. There are six lighted tennis courts, a picnic area and childrens playground. Walkers and joggers love these grounds. There are also 224 RV pads.
The old downtown sits right on Hwy 80 (which runs east/west), adjoining Hwy 69 (running north/south). The old town was founded in 1873 and its roots are deep in railroad history. It is today part of the Texas Main Street program. The cities public well used to sit right in the middle of downtown.
The chamber is situated in the old First National Bank building, not always easily recognisable. I had to ask someone. There is a lot of info both on Mineola and surrounding areas and even further afar. I would suggest stopping here first to find all your info. They also have a few postcards and souvenir t'shirts as well.
The old caboose sits on Commerce Street opposite the old Beckham Hotel. In the past, Mineola was a railroad terminal for crews of the Texas & Pacific Railway. Each Autumn, the Iron Horse Heritage Festival commemorates the past significance of the railroad to the city's economy. The Railway Museum is supposed to be housed in the old depot, but all I saw was a dilapidated building that looked empty.
The old post office was built in 1937. The building is currently being renovated to house Mineola Historical Museum. In the meantime the museum is collecting items from the community for displays. There will be a storyline of the history of Mineola provided by the Landmark Commission as well as photographs. There is no definite time for the opening of the museum. The building was designated a local historic landmark in 1999.
The original city hall burned in 1902 and nothing was done about a replacement until this new (old) city hall was built in 1939. All the city's business was conducted out of rented quarters until that time. The design of the building reflected the Art Moderne Style. It was still in operation as a city hall until 1986 when the new City Hall was built on Hwy 69.
This house was built for Dr Samuel Cloud Nobel and his family in 1913. The Home has 19 rooms and all the hardwood floors have been restored. Air-conditioning and heating has been added as well as private baths in all bedrooms. There are vintage chandeliers in the dining and living rooms as well as fireplaces. There was a ballroom on the 3rd floor and when the room was restored, a dance card with Dr Clouds signature was found and has been framed.
This is a wonderful old vintage car parked at the end of the house. There are also guest cottages on the property and an outdoor pool and a hot tub. For a while a bed and breakfast was run at Noble Manor but I believe this has now ceased but the house is listed on the Local Historic Landmarks list.
The town's gazebo lies down by the railway tracks and near the old caboose on Commerce St, nothing really spectacular, but I'm sure it has its uses.
Not so much of a park, but really just a memorial on Commerce Street. The memorial is dedicated by Wood County to the Men and Women who served in the US Armed forces.
Mineola is a fairly clean and tidy city, obviously a town that takes pride in its appearance. There are not too many places I have seen with attractive trash bins that's for sure.