Durango will ring in the New Year with a new title.
The city was named Wednesday as one of the nations Top 10 True Western Towns in the January edition of True West Magazine.
I was particularly pleased Durango was selected for this, said Linda Mannix, coordinator of the annual Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering and the first to be notified of the magazines selection. I think its fitting.
Citing the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and preserved downtown with an Old West feel, the magazine ranked Durango No. 5 on its list. Pendleton, Ore., was ranked first.
Durango is just a very cool place, said True West executive editor Bob Boze Bell. It is setting the standard for repurposing its old structures. That kind of preservation is something that deserves to be recognized and honored.
Mannix agreed, saying Durangos vibrant downtown and Old West feel attracts many visitors and residents.
Durango is well-known for its excellent skiing and mountain biking, and yet all of Durangos history and culture is based upon the Old West, agriculture and mining, she said.
Durango also was recently named one of the countrys Top 10 Christmas Towns by HGTV for some of the same reasons. In a segment on the city, HGTV producers focused on the trains annual Polar Express promotion and residents knack for keeping the Old West alive, even in their holiday decorations.
This is a town whose Western spirit creates a Christmas tradition as beautiful as the surroundings, the shows narrator said.
John Wells, presiding officer of the Durango Business Improvement District, said it all amounts to great attention for the city, its residents and businesses.
He credited city officials and downtown business and property owners for the latest designations. Their work to preserve and promote downtown is crucial to keeping alive the Wild West spirit that continues to bring new residents and visitors to town each year, he said.