True West editors determined the winners based on a number of criteria-especially how each town has preserved its history through older buildings and districts, museums and other institutions, and events. The Top Ten also take the lead in promoting their historic resources to visitors. The Top Town of 2007 is Helper, Utah.
Cheyenne's citation states that, "Cheyenne is one of those magical Old West names, one that conjures up images of cattle barons and cowboys, northern railroads and rodeos…. And the stories go on and on. Cheyenne has history and plenty of it-and the town is determined to keep that history alive."
"Cheyenne is world famous for the Frontier Days, and rightly so," says True West Executive Editor Bob Boze Bell. "But it has a variety of other remarkable events, as well, that celebrate the local heritage. And its recent restorations-the Union Pacific Depot, the Governor's Mansion, the State Capitol Building and the Plains Hotel among others-show the commitment to preserving and maintaining the Old West. Cheyenne richly deserves recognition as a True Western Town."
The Cheyenne Area Convention & Visitors Bureau completed an extensive application last summer to be considered for this honor.
True West also honored a number of Cheyenne attractions in its companion Best of the West issue. The Nagle-Warren Mansion B&B took "Best B&B in the West" honor with the editors praising it as follows: "As if the luxury of period furnishings in an 1880s cattleman's mansion is not enough, innkeeper Jim Osterfoss has added more value to a stay at the Nagle Warren Mansion on Cattleman's Row in Cheyenne, Wyoming, by offering high teas, mystery dinner weekends and fine dining options on a monthly basis."
Other attractions listed in the Best of the West issue include Cheyenne Frontier Days, the Nelson Museum of the West, Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum, Corral West, Manitou Galleries, and the Rainsford Inn. Author Bill O'Neal who recently released Cheyenne: A Biography of the "Magic City" of the Plains was recognized as the Best Living Nonfiction Writer.
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