Mineola Overview

Welcome and experience what life has to offer when you stop and smell the roses along the way!


Mineola was established in the 1840's, and was chartered in 1873 near an artesian well used by traders. The Northern and Texas Pacific Railroads in 1873 and the MKT in 1881 made Mineola a vital link in the area's commerce.

The city is proud of its heritage and understands the importance of planning for the future. Mineolians and visitors appreciate the warm, country atmosphere.

Mineola is a great place to live, work, raise a family, or retire. If you are seeking an escape from the everyday rush, our town is for you!

In 1989 Mineola was designated a "National Main Street City" and more than seven million dollars, to date, has been spent renovating central business district buildings.

Downtown Mineola is, once again, a flourishing center of commerce. Buildings reflect the history of the area and the artistry and craftsmanship of bygone eras. Decorative cast-iron columns from the turn of the century stand next to Carrara glass facades of the 1930's; ornate architectural details under building eaves contrast with the simple lines of classical revival style. The streets are lined with period lamp posts which provide a peaceful escape to stroll at your leisure in Historic Downtown Mineola.

Hotels built in the heyday of the railroads, as well as several historic homes, have been renovated and are centers of activity, serving as charming bed and breakfast inns and unique retail locations. Situated among more than 20 antique stores are specialty shops which feature dolls, clocks, vintage clothing, furniture, glassware, primitive and collectibles. Craft malls have items created by local craftsmen and artists. Mineola flourishes as a relaxing fun weekend get away.

Mineola is becoming well known and popular for its many cultural activities. Artists, sculptors, potters, musicians, writers, photographers, actors and other artists and artisans have created a cultural Mecca in Mineola.

The 80 year-old Select Theatre is the oldest continuous operating theatre in the state of Texas and offers first run films on weekends. The Lake Country Playhouse, an award-winning live-drama group, headquartering at the Select, offers live productions at least 12 weekends a year.

Historic Mineola is a place where train whistles blow like wind chimes and where hellos and strangers are still commonplace... where you can play horseshoes down by the gazebo or catch bass 'til the sun sets. Stroll through the Piney Woods of Mineola where, magically, time stands still. REST, RELAX, AND RENEW!

Escape to Mineola, where People make the difference.