Mineola Travel Guide

  • Mineola
    by keeweechic
  • Mineola
    by keeweechic
  • Mineola
    by keeweechic

Mineola Things to Do

  • Trash Bins

    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.

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  • Mineola Civic Center

    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.

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  • An Old Timer

    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.

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  • The Noble Manor

    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...

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  • Harry W Meredith House

    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...

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  • Miss Ima Hogg

    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...

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  • O.P. Pyle House

    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...

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  • Old City Hall

    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...

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  • The Old Post Office

    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...

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  • Veterans Memorial Park

    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.

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  • The Caboose

    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...

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  • Downtown Gazebo

    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.

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  • Mineola Chamber of Commerce

    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.

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  • Broad Street

    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.

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  • Downtown Mineola

    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.

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Mineola Hotels

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Mineola Restaurants

  • Lil' Bit Country Fudge Shop

    In the antique store is a homemade fudge shop, if this doesn't get your taste buds going then I don't know what will. There are plenty of choices and the two I tried were just amazing. One was Texas Mud I believe, it had 3 kinds of nuts and chocolate bits, just the ultimate in chocolate. The other was like a white cheesecake with a chewy caramel on...

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  • Mack's Split Rail

    Macks bbq is right on the corners of hwy 69, hwy 37 and Greenville Hwy - a busy corner. They offer fried catfish, shrimp, crawfish ettoufee (a favourite of mine) as well as homemade chilli and of course a bar-be-que.

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  • Holly Perk

    Holly Perks sells gourmet coffee by the pound as well as espresso drinks, hot chocolate and tea, Cowhill Express frozen cappuccino and fruit granite. They also sell antiques, crafts, jewellery and other gifts. There are lots of nooks and crannies to be able to find something very different.

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Mineola Nightlife

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    by keeweechic Written Apr 29, 2004

    This is a lovely old theatre and the 7th in a long history of Mineola venues which date back from 1886. The theatre was named for Select Picture which was a Texas motion picture franchise. Mrs Hooks, and her husband, who named the theatre in 1920, operated the venue for many years before it was remodelled in 1948 and features such as a sloping floor and elevated stage were added. The new neon tower which stood 24ft above the ground could be seen for miles. From 1961 to 1986 the theatre was run by two long time employees when a theatre company then took over the operation. The building has been given a State Historical Marker.

    The Lake County Playhouse is also headquartered here and offers live productions in the theatre usually one weekend each month.

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Mineola Transportation

  • By Rail

    Amtrak has daily arrivals and departures in Mineola. The station is right in the downtown area with easy access to shops, restaurants and accommodation. The #21 train heads south to San Antonio with connections to/from El Paso, Tucson, Oklahoma and Los Angeles. This train departs 7 days a week. The #22 train heads northbound to Chicago and also...

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  • Driving to Mineola

    Mineola is right at the connection of Hwy 80 and Hwy 69 in East Texas Piney Woods area. Hwy 80 runs east to west and Hwy 69 runs north to south.From Dallas take US80 east through Terrell and straight into Broad Street, Mineola.

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  • By Air

    The airport is privately owned but open to the public with parallel grass and asphalt runways. Its only about one mile east of Mineola.The first plane to land on this field was a Curtis JN-4D 'Jenny' biplane in 1917. A member of the US Army Signal Corps piloted the plane. At the time the field was called Massengale Meadow and was perfect because of...

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Mineola Shopping

  • Mineola Merchantile

    This shop has some very different products – not quite the normal mercantile store you would expect to see selling well loved goods and crafts. They sell Italian bags, exquisite Olio candle and room fragrances, home decor, antiques, as well as a large selection of silver charms. There is also a bakery and café.

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  • Serendipity Home Furnishings

    This building had its beginnings in the early 1900’s. The store sells new and some pre-owned furniture as well as accessories for the home – all quality items.

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  • Lit’l Bit Country Antiques

    Right in downtown, this is just another lovely antique and gift store, brightly lit and lots of variety. They have a few Texas souvenirs also and postcards. There is a selection of Beanie Babies also. There is just not one vendor, the store is made up of 30 vendors wares.

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Mineola Local Customs

  • Famous Resident

    Noble Willingham who appeared in more than 30 films including Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Good Morning, Vietnam, and played Tim Allen's next door neighbour (whose face was always partially hidden) on Home Improvement was born in Mineola in 1931. He died in Palm Springs January 2004.

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  • October Events

    On the 3rd Saturday in October, there is the Heritage Arts Festival. There are demonstrations of skills, crafts and the way of life of the early pioneers. Many of the residents dress up in pioneer costume. There are wagon rides through the historic district as well as a parade, story telling and music. All the food for sale is cooked in the...

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  • July Events

    Mineola holds a Freedomfest to celebrate July 4th. There is a fireworks display, fun run, volleyball tournament, tennis tournament, dunking booth, horseshoe tournament and bingo. There is also arts and crafts and food stalls as well as live entertainment. Also in July is the Fireman?s Rodeo

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Mineola Off The Beaten Path

  • Area Lakes

    There are a number of lakes within reach of Mineola, plenty of fishing and outdoor activities. Lake Hawkins is 20 minutes away, Lake Fork (Bass Fishing Capital of Texas) is 10 minutes.Lake Holbrook is only 5 minutes outside the City and Lake Quitman is15 minutes North.

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  • Sand Springs Cemetery

    This cemetery is just outside of Mineola and was originally knowns as the Big Spring Cemetery. It was the burial ground for the first pioneer settlers of the neighbouring rural community. A lot of the earlier gravesites are unmarked but they include members of the Big Spring Baptist Church, the community school and the Sand Springs Masonic Lodge...

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Mineola Sports & Outdoors

  • Mineola Country Club

    The Country Club is just out of Mineola heading west or you pass it as you are coming into Mineola heading east. This is a 9 hole golf course which is rated as the 17th best nine hole course in Texas. There is no driving range but there is a warm up practise area. The club also has a dining area, bar and swimming pool.

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  • Sports Park Downtown

    Down by the railway tracks is a sports park although it seems that the various activities are a bit scattered. There is a basketball court, sand volleyball and city pavilion not to mention State Sanction Horseshoe Pits. Not exactly a hive of activity when I was there but nevertheless I’m sure popular for tossing those horseshoes.

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