Gainesville is located approximately 67 miles north of Dallas at the geographic center of Cooke County along Interstate 35. The town, with a population of about 16,000 residents, began as the Peters Colony in 1841 under the Republic of Texas . Railroads, a military camp, oil fields and a community circus that gained national recognition highlight Gainesville ’s colorful past. Offering a prosperous outlook for future growth and success, the town is home to North Texas Medical Center , North Central Texas College and a large outlet mall . Though not considered part of Dallas-Fort Worth , the relatively short distance from Gainesville to the D-FW area allows residents to easily commute for work, business and entertainment.