The town was established in the 1840s and was chartered in 1873 near an artesian well used by traders. The Northern and Pacific Railroad in 1873 and MKT in 1881 made Mineola a vital link in the area's commerce. Today, Mineola is receptive to progressive innovation yet mindful of preserving its historic and natural resources. It is a National Main Street City and the Birding Capital of East Texas.
Historic Mineola offers antique, gift, craft, book and clothing stores, art studios and galleries. Downtown offers a variety of fine restaurants along with the Select Theater and Lake Country Playhouse, the oldest continuously operating movie house in the state. It offers first-run movies and live productions. 903/569-2300. Mineola also has some of Texas' most outstanding bed-and-breakfast inns. A unique downtown feature is the restored 1906 Depot, which houses the Railroad Museum and serves as a daily Amtrak Texas Eagle stop. 800/USA-Rail. Wood County Airport is just minutes from downtown.
Festivals include Main Street Wine Fest, Gypsy Market, Mays Days, MLOTA's Art Festival and Quilt Show, Ironhorse and Holiday of Lights.
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