In April, USA Today began a contest searching for the Best Historic Small Town across the country.

Out of 20 nominees compiled by USA Today 10best editors, the voting for the 10 best came down to popular vote voted on online.

After the voting was completed, Dodge City was listed as No. 6 of the Best Historic Small Town in the U.S.

"I’d like to thank everyone who voted for Dodge City," Convention and Visitors Bureau director Jan Stevens said. "We are proud to be on this prestigious list."

"We were nominated by a team of experts to be on the list of 20, but it was the voters that got us on to the Top 10.

"As a community, we have always embraced our historic past, and now we have an award that endorses Dodge City as one of the Top 10 in the nation!"

The complete list of winners in order were: Tarpon Springs, Florida; Natchitoches, Louisiana; Haddonfield, New Jersey; Williamsburg, Virginia; Natchez, Mississippi; Dodge City; Cody, Wyoming; Solvang, California; Bath, Maine and Madison, Georgia.

USA Today said of Dodge City, "Famous for its Wild West shenanigans featuring Bat Masterson and Wyatt Earp during the late 19th century, Dodge City maintains much of its historical appeal. The Boot Hill Museum features a replica of the town circa 1876, complete with nearly 30,000 artifacts and the graves of gunfight victims, while the Wild West Heritage Area educates on how livestock changed the cultural landscape of Southwest Kansas."

USA Today went to say that each town has big histories with small populations, "making them fun and affordable ways to dive into our nation's past.

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