A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from April 13, 2013
The Greatest Little Town in Texas (Ballinger slogan)

The city of Ballinger, in Runnels County, has been called “The Greatest Little Town in Texas.” Ballinger was called the “greatest little town in the world” by some residents in 1932.

The slogan is said to come from the song “Ballinger (The Greatest Little Town in Texas),” a gift to the town from First National Bank of Ballinger. The slogan has been cited in print since at least 2005.


Wikipedia: Ballinger, Texas
Ballinger is a city in Runnels County, Texas, United States. The population was 3,767 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Runnels County.
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Motto: The Greatest Little Town in Texas

The Chamber of Commerce (Ballinger, TX)
The Greatest Little Town In Texas

6 February 1932, Dallas (TX) Morning News, “Business Pick-Up Noted All Around Southwest Areas,” sec. 1, pg. 7, col. 6:
“I come from Idabel, Ok., and I’m telling you it’s the greatest little town in the world,” declared Luke Woodruff, who was seen around various wholesale establishments in Dallas with his father and brother, who claim Ballinger. Central West Texas, as their home and who challenge Luke’s statement. They are just as sure as he is that Ballinger is the “greatest little town in the world.”

Google Books
January-February 2005, American Cowboy, pg. 97, col. 2:
South of Ballinger, down in the Colorado River Valley, “The Greatest Little Town in Texas” was celebrating its German heritage, with an oompah band belting out the Beer Barrel Polka, and the townsfolk serving a mouth-watering selection of sauerkraut and sausage.

Abilene (TX) Reporter-News
Ballinger celebrates its 125th birthday
City of 4,000 residents is proud of history

By Becca Nelson Sankey Scripps Texas Newspapers
Friday, June 24, 2011
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According to the Ballinger Chamber of Commerce website, Ballinger has been dubbed “The Greatest Little Town in Texas.” Cooper said the distinction came from a song called “Ballinger (The Greatest Little Town in Texas),” a gift to the town from First National Bank of Ballinger.

Travelhost
The Texas Forts Trail
March 13th, 2013 | Author: Travelhost
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Nestled between the Colorado River and Elm Creek, BALLINGER is called the Greatest Little Town in Texas. South of town, visit the 100 foot tall cross and observation area that was build and donated by a local family.

La Vernia (TX) News
What is La Vernia? — Branding contest deadline April 28
April 3, 2013
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Take, for instance, the little town of Ballinger, which has branded itself as “The greatest little town in Texas,” or Fair Oaks, which uses the moniker, “Where community spirit overflows.” San Marcos says “We’d love your company.”

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • Saturday, April 13, 2013 • Permalink