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Durango, Colorado Named Top Ten True Western Town by True West Magazine!

Mention Durango, Colorado and the image of old railroads comes to mind.  But the town is an Old West treasure, a place where an earlier era still lives and is celebrated.

And that’s why Durango is #2 among True West Magazine’s 2014 Top Western Towns.  Dodge City, Kansas won the top award.  They will be featured in the February 2014 issue, on newsstands on January 7, 2014.

No visit is complete without a ride aboard the historic, steam-powered Durango-Silverton Railroad. The 45-mile ride through the breathtaking beauty of the San Juan Mountains has delighted generations of tourists.

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum holds a fascinating array of exhibits, including an 800-square- foot scale model railroad, and a baggage car used in the classic Western Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.  

Among the other points of interest: the 1904 Animas City School Building now holds the Animas Museum, which offers programs and exhibits for all ages. You’ll find the town’s research library and photo archives there, too.  And the Strater Hotel, Durango’s finest Victorian structure, was built in 1887. It is still noted for its gracious amenities, with antique furnishings in every room.

Durango also hosts a number of great heritage events—including True West’s Railfest.

“Durango is one of our favorite places,” says True West Executive Editor Bob Boze Bell.  “The history, the museums, the buildings, the activities, all make it very special for anyone interested in the Old West.  It is truly a Top Western Town.”

This is the ninth year True West has presented this annual award. Editors base their selection on criteria demonstrating how each town has preserved its history through old buildings, museums and other institutions, events, and promotions of historic resources.

True West magazine is in its 61st year of leading the way in presenting the true stories of Old West adventure, history, culture and preservation. For subscriptions and more information, visit or call 888-687-1881.

Contact:  Mark Boardman

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