Texas is known for being big. It is a big state that does things in a big way. You can’t say Texas isn’t a showy state, because it sure knows how to put on a production. However, while “big” may be the watchword for Texas, it doesn’t mean that every single person, place, or thing there is larger than life.
In fact, some of the best, most inviting, and most interesting cities in Texas are small ones. Yes, Texas does have small cities, and some of them are well worth a visit. Here are the top 20 small cities in Texas.
Nacogdoches is the county seat of Nacogdoches County, Texas. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, this tiny town has a population of just over 32,000. Nacogdoches has the unique distinction of being not only a small city in a big state, but of being the oldest city in the entire state.
Originally a Spanish settlement used mainly by missionaries to the Native American people in the area, Nacogdoches eventually blended its Spanish heritage with the well-known friendly hospitality of the southern United States to make it a town that is a cut above the average. You’ll find plenty to see and do here.
According to the Downtown Nacogdoches website, the town has been a part of the Texas Main Street Program since 1998. The mission of this program is to preserve important areas of history and Americana. The fact that Nacogdoches was chosen for this highly selective program speaks volumes to its historical importance in America.
With 11 points of historical interest in town, a visit to Nacogdoches is both educational and fun. There is a lot of living history here that you can actually touch. Some of the main locations of interest are the Old Stone Fort Museum, the Hotel Fredonia, the Old University Building, the Stone Fort, Oak Grove Cemetery, Camp Tonkawa, and the Durst Taylor House.
Much of the downtown area is also considered historic and offers plenty of shopping opportunities in some of the oldest buildings in town. The Nacodoches Historic Town Center and Visitors Center website provides information to people visiting the town on what attractions are open to see, where they are, and a bit of history on each location.
It is a wonderful place to start your visit to Nacogdoches, and will provide you with the guidance you need to make the most out of your trip into the history of Texas.