A “Three-Peat” Win for the City of Granbury, Texas - Named Best Historic Small Town in America for the third year in a row!

Visit Granbury, the City of Granbury’s Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, today announced Granbury has been named the Best Historic Small Town 2021 by USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Award. The City of Granbury takes the top spot from 10 nominees in this annual 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Award for the third year in a row; 2019, 2020 & 2021.

The 10Best competition publicized the 20 nominees for Best Historic Small Towns who all have big histories and small populations – fewer than 35,000 people as of the last census – making them fun and affordable ways to dive into our nation's past. A panel of experts from USA Today, partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Voting began on 9/27/2021 and ended on 10/25/2021; Contest winners were announced on 11/5/2021. 

Best Historic Small Town 2021
1.    Granbury, TX
2.    De Smet, SD
3.    Taos, NM
4.    Abilene, KS
5.    Natchez, MS
6.    Mineral Point, WI
7.    St. Augustine, FL
8.    Mackinac Island, MI
9.    Natchitoches, LA
10.    Berkeley Springs, WV

“Granbury’s History is so unique. Our namesake - General Granbury, the Historic Downtown Square was the first courthouse square in Texas to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the 1886 Opera House, the iconic Hood County Courthouse & three-story Clock Tower boasting the Seth Thomas Clockworks, over 40 Historic Texas Landmarks, the Historic Granbury Cemetery, the oral history provided by the Bridge Street History Center, and on and on. Not to mention the Jesse James and John Wilks Booth legends. And let’s not forget our haunted history. Even our city slogan is “Where Texas History Lives.” – Tammy Dooley, Director - Visit Granbury.

“This Charming Texas town is the first "three-time winner" in the historic small towns awards” - Matt Pace USA Today Licensing Manager with EnVeritas Group in Greenville, SC. who congratulated Director Dooley and the City of Granbury.

Chris Coffman, City Manager of Granbury proudly said “The Best Historic Small Town in America Award for the third year in a row is additional confirmation of the hard work being done by the residents, merchants, elected officials, and staff of the City of Granbury. These accolades, especially three years in a row, don’t happen without a spirit of cooperation and unity. I’m very proud of that continued effort. The timing of the announcement couldn’t be better. We are celebrating our 150th birthday by reenacting stories of Granbury’s rich history and sharing its culture with younger generations, newcomers, and those who have known it all their lives.”

“We are so excited! The competition was very tough this year. New cities were competing, and other great cities were voting ‘to win.’ Visit Granbury would like to Thank everyone who voted and made this possible. It is your win to celebrate – Congratulations Granbury.” – Dooley continued.

To find more information about Granbury’s history and to plan a Granbury get-a-way go to VisitGranbury.com.

Media Contact: Mary Lester, mary@mplpr.com; 214-490-3480 and Tammy Dooley, tdooley@granbury.org; 817-573-5548.


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