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10 American small towns with big histories

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Our readers voted for their favorite historic small towns in the United States. Here are the top 10 winners.

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10. Leadville, Colorado

This former mining town boasts 70 square city blocks of Victorian buildings, and the Leadville scenic train follows a historic rail route through the scenic wilderness.

9. Berkeley Springs, West Virginia

Visitors discovered the power of this mountain enclave’s natural warm springs ages ago, and they have been coming ever since, seeking relaxation and rejuvenation.

8. St. Augustine, Florida

Situated on the banks of the Matanzas River, the oldest continuously occupied European settlement in North America was initially founded by Spanish pioneers in 1565.

7. Clarksdale, Mississippi

This town in the Mississippi Delta played an important role in the development of the blues, a history you can explore at the Delta Blues Museum.

6. Williamsburg, Virginia

Largely unchanged by urbanization and the Industrial Revolution, many of Williamsburg's historical buildings and sites remain intact.

5. Natchitoches, Louisiana

Welcome to “Nack-a-Tish,” B&B Capital of Louisiana and quaint setting for the ensemble-cast classic, "Steel Magnolias."

4. Mackinac Island, Michigan

Accommodations here consist of white colonnaded turn-of-the-century hotels, while the horse-drawn carriage remains the favored form of transportation.

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3. Valparaiso, Indiana

The name means Vale of Paradise, and many of the town’s historic buildings remain, including the Memorial Opera House (built in 1893).

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2. Abilene, Kansas

Visitors can ride the state’s only operational steam locomotive, tour the Historic Seelye Mansion, take a spin on the oldest known Parker Carousel and step back into the Wild West in Old Abilene Town.

1. Granbury, Texas

The town’s central square, lined by historic landmarks, makes for excellent shopping, and there are plenty of mom n’ pop restaurants to choose from when it comes time to refuel.

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