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We live in one of the most historic small towns in Texas, Victoria is beaming with rich history.

Fun fact Victoria: Our community started out as "Guadalupe Victoria" when it was founded in 1824 by Empresario, Martín De León, who named our city to honor the first president of independent Mexico.

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In fact,  Empresario De León is buried in Victoria and visitors can view the plot dedicated to the De León family during normal cemetery hours at Evergreen Cemetery.

With Victoria's bicentennial around the corner, you might want to get to know our founding father a little more. Because we've got a statue coming to De Leon Plaza in his honor soon!

You can read more about Empresario Martin De León below.

Well it turns out that a tiny Texas town, San Elizario in the county of El Paso about 500 miles from Victoria was just named by USA Today as the Best Historic Small Town in America. Yep, the best in the United States!

Have you ever heard of San Elizario?

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On a side note, they have a bandstand just like we do and they are famous for their early settlements and military history...just like Victoria too!

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“Today, the community of San Elizario  features historically significant buildings with the adobe construction and architectural features recognized in the Territorial and Pueblo Revival styles", the article in USA Today offers.

You've got to wonder how close Victoria Texas was on the Best Historic Town list!

Speaking of which...here are some of the tiniest towns in Texas too!

Check Out Top Ten Tiniest Texas Towns You'll Miss If You Blink

Do you remember Victoria Mall in the 90's. Here is a throw back!





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