Smithsonian magazine singles out 20 special places for its list of The 20 Best Small Towns in America.
Siloam Springs, Arkansas (Eli Reichman)
“There is, we think, something encouraging about finding culture in small-town America. Fabled overseas locales, world-class metropolises—you expect to be inspired when you go there. But to have your horizon shifted in a town of 6,000 by an unheralded gem of a painting or a song belted out from a band shell on a starry summer night, that’s special. It reinforces the truth that big cities and grand institutions per se don’t produce creative works; individuals do. And being reminded of that is fun.”
Gig Harbor, Washington (Brian Smale)