BEST HISTORIC SMALL TOWN WINNERS ANNOUNCED
In his Homecoming Speech, Dwight D. Eisenhower said, “The proudest thing I can claim is that I am from Abilene.” And, thanks to a recent announcement from USA TODAY, Abilene is giving Ike another reason to be proud of his hometown.
For the second year in a row, Abilene, Kansas, is named runner-up in USA TODAY’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Contest in the Best Historic Small Town category.
“Abilene continues to receive national recognition whether it’s for winning awards, receiving grants or building really big things; good things are happening in Abilene,” said Julie Roller Weeks, Abilene Convention and Visitors Bureau Director.
The top 10 winners in the 2023 Best Historic Small Town Contest include:
San Elizario, Texas
Wickford, Rhode Island
Mackinac Island, Michigan
Port Gamble, Washington
However, Abilene is no stranger to this contest, having received top 10 honors for the last five years:
2022 – Abilene, KS #2
2021 – Abilene, KS #4
2020 – Abilene, KS #2
2019 – Abilene, KS #8
The community was also the only Kansas finalist in the 2023 contest.