Town developed in southwestern
Wood County when the Houston and Great Northern RR built
through the area in 1871. Railroadman Ira H. Evans named the
town for his daughter Ola and her friend, Minnie Patton, and
approved by I. E. Ward, construction engineer and resident of
Mineola, NY. The town became shipping and retail center in
the middle 1840s. When the Texas and Pacific and Missouri,
Kansas, and Texas RR's arrived, railroad shops opened and
town became a railroad junction point.
Diversified industries and
agriculture play a dominant role in today's economy.
Known as "gateway to East
Texas pine country," city sponsors Holiday Motor Trails
throughout the year beginning in spring when dogwood,
bluebonnets, and crimson clover bloom profusely over green
carpeted meadows and on through autumn when hardwood leaves
turn crimson, yellow and gold among the pines.
More than a dozen antique and
craft shops await shoppers. For location and map check with
chamber of commerce at 101 E. Broad St. (903)569-2087.
Bed and breakfast facilities
offered in historic buildings.
Railroad memorabilia housed in
old depot on Front St. recall early days of Mineola. Exhibits
document the cotton industry and shipping of bales of cotton
on trains to markets. Nearby is restored caboose. Open Mon. -
Fri. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.