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Reader Nominations for Coolest Small Towns

Posted by szeglin on Friday, December 19, 2008 8:45 PM
I'd like to nominate Kanab, Utah. We visited this past summer and loved it. We ate at the Rocking V Cafe one evening--they had the best tomato-basil bisque I have ever eaten! The best part is that this is a restaurant/art gallery! Nedra's Too was a lunch stop for awesome Tex-Mex. This town is in the middle of western country. Many western movies were filmed here, and the stars passed through Kanab. Even though the heydey of the western film is long past, Kanab has made its mark in movies more recently. The Kanab Cowboys T-shirt made an appearance in Napoleon Dynamite. Kanab is also home to the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, the country's largest. The sanctuary houses all kinds of animals, from cats and dogs to horses, birds, and beyond. The National Geographic Channel's DogTown series is filmed here. The best part for outdoorsy types like me is that Kanab is very close to both Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park. The North Rim of the Grand Canyon is not an unreasonable distance away, either!

Posted by Barbara Patty on Friday, December 19, 2008 8:35 PM
I do not live in Mt. View, AR. But I have been there and have driven through it as a scenic route from a work assignment in that region. It has a variety of interests: a stunning Blanchard Springs Caverns, the Ozark Folk Center which has everything from herbs to music, wonderful B

Posted by aslex on Friday, December 19, 2008 7:38 PM
I would like to recommend Rabbit Hash, Kentucky. Rabbit Hash might be the only town (big or small) where the mayor is a dog. Yes, he beat Travis the Cat the last election. The town knows where it fits into this hectic world and draws people who want to get away from the trials of everyday life. People come there by accident and later choose to stay. Others come to visit in order to feel the fun of being in a place that really isn't too stuck on itself. They know what it means to have a sense of humor about themselves and they take pride in their unique ability to do just that. Rabbit Hash has been found by major organizations like MSNBC so the secret's getting out. Come on down and see for yourself. You can get directions by going to www.rabbithash.com and clicking on the "How to Git Here" link on the left-hand side of any page.

Posted by Suzhb on Friday, December 19, 2008 5:11 PM
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Posted by taxi on Friday, December 19, 2008 3:57 PM
I would like to nominate Rigby, Idaho, population 3,312 this is up 7.8% from 2000. The surrounding area has grown even more. Rigby is the county seat of Jefferson County Idaho. Rigby is a bedroom community to Idaho Falls to the south and Rexburg to the north. Rigby also has it's own newspaper, "The Jefferson County Star." Commerce: Rigby boasts a very nice grocery store, Broulims a regional chain that competes very well against the large chains. Rigby recently built a new county courthouse. Rigby boasts the "Old Sugar Mill" an old mill that has been converted into an arts and crafts boutique. This is a wonderful place to purchase items from local artists and crafts people. The building has been artfully renovated and is a delightful place to shop. Another unique shop in Rigby is "The Golden Egg of Idaho." A shop that caters to artisans that create Faberge style eggs. They are the largest distributor of egg findings in the U.S. Rigby has 4 fast food restaurants, 6 sit down restaurants, and several bars. A restaurant just north of town is regionally famous, named "Big Jud's" their specialty is a dinner plate sized hamburger. People in this area drive 20 miles or more to eat at Big Jud's. Industries include, potato processing warehouses (those famous Idaho potatoes), a snowmobile clothing manufacturer, and a wide variety of other businesses. Fame: Rigby's claim to fame is that Philo T. Farnsworth grew up here, and he invented television. He first diagrammed the technology on a blackboard at the high school. Recreation: Less than a mile north of town is a small lake that is very popular during the summer months. Just 80 miles from Yellowstone Park, and 70 miles from Jackson Wyoming, recreational opportunities abound. Rigby boasts an 18 hole golf course, an amusement park, and a couple of other smaller golf courses. Rigby is close to Idaho's Snake River, and many bountiful fishing streams. Kelly Canyon Ski Resort, Heise Hot Springs Resort, and the Mountain River Ranch are only 15 minutes away. Every 4th of July Rigby is home to "The Celebration of Liberty" a multiple day extravaganza that includes a children's parade, plays, concerts, fireworks and festivals to celebrate the birth of our nation. In June, another community wide celebration "Stampede Days" includes breakfast, a parade, and 3 day rodeo. Education; Rigby is 15 miles from the largest university in Idaho. Several grade schools, a couple of junior high's and the Rigby Trojans High School provide education for the youth of Rigby. Full of hardworking citizens who care about their community, Rigby exemplifies small town America.

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