The city of Mineola, Texas is located about 80 miles east of Dallas, TX at the intersection of Highways 69 and 80. Mineola has a popular local legend about how the town got its name. As the story goes, there was a prominent local resident who had two daughters named Minnie and Olla. When it came time to give the city a name, a local railroad official combined Minnie and Olla into Mineola and suggested it to the townsfolk. Unfortunately, Mineola was most likely named after Mineola, New York and this local legend of how the city got its name is just another example of a popular folktale not really based on actual events.
Mineola is currently home to 4,500 people. The city is also home to a variety of festivals, museums, outdoor recreation places, restaurants, and shops. Downtown Mineola is known for its antique shopping at the Uniques and Antiques Mall. The nearby Mineola Nature Preserve is home to many different types of critters indigenous to East Texas and is also the meeting place for the annual Bigfoot Bash and 5K Fun Run. The town also has its own Mineola Historical Museum showcasing 32 exhibits about the history of Mineola. Mineola-Wisener Field was established in 1917 and is the oldest privately owned airport open to the public in the state of Texas. The airport has seen many famous visitors over the years, most prominent of which was President Lyndon B. Johnson.