Amarillo notches No. 4 in True Western Towns of 2015Amarillo notches No. 4 in True Western Towns of 2015https://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=20732015-01-06T08:51:00Z2015-01-06T00:00:00Z

AMARILLO - True West Magazine has ranked Amarillo at No. 4 on its list of Top Ten True Western Towns of 2015.

On newsstands January 6, the February issue of True West offers the publication’s annual list of towns that exemplify the spirit and dedication of the American West and the pioneers who helped build it,

The list was compiled by editors based on criteria demonstrating how each town has preserved and promotes its history.

Amarillo’s recognition is a reflection of its roots, said Eric Miller, spokesman for the Amarillo Convention & Visitor Council.

“Amarillo’s still where you go in Texas to find a cowboy,” Miller said. “You can’t put your finger on just one thing. It’s who we are. It’s what we do.”

The city’s many western events combine to draw thousands of visitors.

In the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, Palo Duro Canyon had nearly 141,750 non-local visitors who came for a day and more than 46,800 who stayed overnight, according to an economic impact study released in November.

True West Magazine’s Top Ten True Western Towns of 2015

1. Durango, Colo.
2. Great Falls, Mont.
3. Dodge City, Kan.
4. Amarillo, Tex.
5. Fort Smith, Ark.
6. Silver City, N.M.
7. Elko, Nev.
8. Scottsbluff, Neb.
9. Pinedale, Wyo.
10. Santa Clarita, Calif.

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