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Posted on: July 13, 2020

[ARCHIVED] City of Granbury Named Best Historic Small Town in America for Second Year in a Row

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The City of Granbury beat out 10 other finalist cities to win the 2020 USA Today’s Best Historic Small Town in America. This is the city’s second win (2019 & 2020) from the annual 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Award, making Granbury not only the lone city to have done so, but also the only one to have done it in back-to-back years.

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, which ended on June 29. 

“This Charming Texas town has won the first “Back-to-Back” awards in the history of the best small towns award,” said USA Today Licensing Manager Matt Pace.

The 2020 Best Historic Small Town in America top 10 Vote getters were:

1.    Granbury

2.    Abilene, Texas

3.    Valparaiso, Indiana

4.    Mackinac Island, Michigan

5.    Natchitoches, Louisiana 

6.    Williamsburg, Virginia

7.    Clarksdale, Mississippi

8.    St. Augustine, Florida

9.    Berkeley Springs, West Virginia

10.    Leadville, Colorado

 “We are going to be proud to display the ’Back-to-Back’ badge,” said Visit Granbury Director Tammy Dooley. “Granbury is known as a small-town rich in unique culture, deep in Texas history and filled with southern hospitality.”

The 10Best competition committee stated that, “Someday, we’ll all be ready to pack our suitcases again and head out on our next adventure. In the meantime, we’ll keep supporting the places that inspire us. The USA has a rich and exciting history and visiting the places that most affected its history are so much more fun than reading about it. These top 10 nominees have big histories and small populations making them fun and affordable ways to dive into our nation’s past.”

Media Contact: Mary Lester, or 214-490-3480; or Visit Granbury Director Tammy Dooley, or 817-573-5548. For all other information contact Granbury Public Information Officer Alex Southern at 817-573-6764 or  

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