Emporia, Kansas


2013 Best Small Towns in America

Contest ends:  September 3, 2013

1 Votes - "Most Patriotic"


Emporia, KS prides itself in founding Veterans Day, which they celebrate with a full week of festivities. Locals support the troops and celebrate America with events and fundraisers year round. Emporia is located between Kansas City and Wichita on Interstate 35.

Tour the All Veterans Memorial and Park, which honors all who have served our country in every branch of the military. The town also offers other memorials, the Lyon County Museum, the Schmidt Museum of Natural History, and the David Traylor Zoo. An aquatic center and 18 parks in Emporia will please the active traveler.

Emporia State University draws students from far and wide and provides a museum of its own and competitive athletics. Emporia’s also home to the National Teacher’s Hall of Fame and the William Allen White residence, a favorite place for visitors to stay.

Food is a highlight here, with many restaurants where the people are friendly and the owners are often hands-on, doing everything from bussing tables to manning the grill. Try the enchiladas at Casa Ramos, the giant sandwiches at Amanda’s Bakery and Café, the juicy and cheap burgers at J’s Burgers, or the mouthwatering ribs at Bobby D’s BBQ.

I think it most Patriotic for the simple fact Veterans Day was founded here. We are an exstremely friendly town. We may not have a lot to do here, but ou countryside is beautiful and breath taking. I am voting for my town because I have lived in a big city and I have also lived in an even smaller town. Emporia is just right, I couldn't think of a better place to raise a family!
Reviewed by mfarrell0605
on September 17, 2012
We are the founding city of Veterans Day. Doesn't get much more Patriotic than that.
Reviewed by bjohnson
on September 17, 2012
Grew up there and its the founding place of Veterans Day... doesn't get better than that.
Reviewed by gertruudeb21
on September 17, 2012
Born and raised in Emporia. Nice, quiet and peaceful town, which of course is the founding town of Veterans Day!
Reviewed by Derrick_Slocum
on September 17, 2012
What a great place to live! And the founding city of Veteran's Day!
Reviewed by Nmortensen
on September 17, 2012
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