When you arrive in Gainesville, a quintessential small American town and walk its streets, stores and friendly residents, you may feel like little has changed since Civil War days. The city was just over a decade old when the war began, having been founded in 1850. A walk through Gainesville's historic streets gives you a sense of life in the nineteenth and early twentieth century, though in more peaceful years than the war itself. (The historic Santa Fe Depot seen here was constructed in 1902.) The Morton Museum of Cooke County, housed in Gainesville's old city hall, firehouse, and jail buildings (a Recorded Texas Landmark) tells the story of the town before and after the war through revolving exhibits about this charming town.