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Mineola, Texas: A Delightful North Texas Getaway in Easy Reach of Dallas & Fort Worth

Mineola, Texas (photo by Tui Snider)
Cute bench in Mineola, Texas (photo by Tui Snider)

The following is an adapted excerpt from Unexpected Texas,my fun travel guide to quirky, offbeat and overlooked places near Dallas and Fort Worth. Check it out if you are looking for fun road trips in north Texas. Also, for a *FREE* 50-page guide to ghost hunting groups and haunted history tours in north Texas, sign up for my infrequent-but-interesting newsletter by clicking here:

Mineola Overview

History of Mineola, Texas
It’s unclear exactly how the town of Mineola got its name. While some claim a railway official named it after his daughter, Ola, and her BFF, Minnie, others say the name was created by a surveyor who combined his daughter’s name with her friend, Minna. Either way, Mineola has a much nicer ring to it than Sodom, which is what the town was originally called. (You can’t make this stuff up, people. Well, you could, but in Texas, you don’t have to.)


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  1. So pleased to have stumbled upon this thoughtful article. I’m also thankful to leave my own reflections and am looking forward to read what others feel.

  2. Dr. Lanny Brustein Dr. Lanny Brustein

    In regards to the name Mineola…..It is a Native American word meaning “pleasant place”. New York, Native Americans. I was born in Mineola, Long Island, Nassau County, New York. Named by an Algonguin Indian Chief, Miniolagamika……shortened to Mineola.

    Hope this helps clear things up…..

    Check historical records of anyone who settled in your town who came from Mineola, New York….especially Town of Hempstead.

    • Tui Snider Tui Snider

      Texas can seem scary if all you ever hear about it is what makes the news. It is soooooooo much more than that! Since moving here, I have come to see that while many of the cliches do apply, many do not. It’s a big state and there is a whole lot to see and do here. That’s one reason I decided to write a book about Texas. I want to show folks that there is so much more to this state than what the THINK.

    • Tui Snider Tui Snider

      It really is. I want to go back and have a relaxing weekend catching up on my pleasure reading!

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