The city of Abilene made an elite list.
Abilene is one of 20 finalists from around the country on USA Today’s Readers’ Choice Top 10 list for “Best Historic Small Town.”
According to USA Today, all 20 finalists have populations below 30,000 residents, making them fun and affordable ways to dive into our nation’s past.
Abilene is not the only town from the state of Kansas to be named as a finalist, though. Dodge City also made the final vote.
The USA Today is asking people to go to their site and vote for their favorite small town once per day until Monday, May 6 at 11 a.m. The 10 winning small towns will be announced on Friday, May 17.
USA Today says of the central Kansas town: “Abilene is the hometown of Dwight D. Eisenhower, a 5-Star General and 34th President of the United States, and that’s just the start of this town’s historical appeal. Besides the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum & Boyhood home, 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.”
As of Tuesday morning, April 9, Abilene was in second place voting, only behind Williamsburg, Va.
For more on the contest and to vote: https://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-historic-small-town/