True West magazine has recognized Cheyenne as the nation's #4 True Western Town in its January/February 2008 issue. The 2008 #1 True Western Town is St. Joseph, MO. Last year, Cheyenne ranked as the #5 town.
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.
"This is a remarkable group of towns," says True West Executive Editor Bob Boze Bell. "Their residents have taken it upon themselves to keep the real West alive for now and posterity. They not only celebrate their past-they live it."
In addition to citing Frontier Days and other Cheyenne events, the article highlights a number of recent preservation activities and developments: the renovation of the Wyoming Home/Tom Horn Building, the Cheyenne Depot project, the new downtown livery stable, the development of museum cell phone audio tours, and recognition of Native American heritage on the Belvoir Ranch.
Cheyenne's citation in the magazine states: "The town's slogan is 'Cheyenne-Live the Legend.' We've said it before: the message is more than correct. It's an invitation to step back into the Old West."
The Cheyenne Area Convention & Visitors Bureau completed an extensive application last summer to be considered for this honor.
For access to the Top Ten True Western Town article online, go to www.twmag.com and click on the Top Ten True Western Towns icon.