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.

Emporia is an awesome place to live. It's not too big, not too small, and it's the place Veteran's Day was founded.
Reviewed by esugrad97
on September 17, 2012
It's a GREAT town to Raise a family!! And we are the founding city of Veterans Day!!
Reviewed by mears81
on September 17, 2012
I grew up in this town. I now live just 10 miles north in Americus. Emporia is the home of Veterans Day, how much more patriotic can you get then that?
Reviewed by Topher66835
on September 17, 2012
Emporia is not a big city nor is it a rinky-dink little town. Though some people in Emporia can make you think it's one or the other. Emporia is a great place to grow up. Has nice schools & parks all over town. Emporia is the founding place of Veterans Day. It has a nice river side Veterans memorial. Always a nice parade on Veterans day. Love to celebrate the 4th of July too, with a beautiful fireworks display.
Reviewed by cebboles
on September 17, 2012
Emporia Proud...Long Hisoty of Vetran PRIDE!
Reviewed by sshivley
on September 17, 2012
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