The results are in and WE DID IT... well, Kind of.

After months of online voting, San Elizario found its way on the list of USA Today’s Best Historic Small Towns of 2022.

“We ended up #3, 2022 Best Historic Small Town in the USA! and obviously the #1, 2022 Best Historic Small Texas Town!!! Congratulations to US!!!! Thank you USA Today, for the Nomination,” read a post on the San Elizario Historic District’s Facebook page.

According to USA Today’s website, the 10 Best Historic Small Towns have small populations which are fewer than 25,000 people with big histories, making them fun and affordable ways to dive into our nation's past.

Back in May locals were encouraged to place their votes online to help San Elizario become the number one Historic Small town. 

San Elizario had a good start and was in the number 5 spot for a while, but locals kept casting their vote and it helped San Eli secure a spot in the top three!

The number one spot went to Wickford, Rhode Island which is known for one of the area’s most visited historical locations is Smith’s Castle, built in 1678 by the son of one of Wickford’s earliest European settlers, according to USA Today.

The number two spot went to Abilene, Kansas which is most notably known for being the hometown of Dwight D. Eisenhower, a 5-Star General and 34th President of the United States.

The small town of San Elizario came in third place on the list. San Eli is known for its historically significant buildings with the adobe construction and architectural features recognized in the Spanish-Pueblo Revival and Territorial styles.

“The Casa Garcia, formerly a residence in the mid-19th-century, now serves as a museum and highlights exhibits on the town’s history through its many governmental periods,” read a description on USA Today’s website.

Although San Elizario didn’t snag the number one spot the small town is still number one for those in the borderland that enjoy visiting San Eli with family and friends to showcase the culture the small town has to offer.

2022 USA TODAY - TOP 10 Best Historic Small Towns in the USA

  1. Wickford - Rhode Island
  2. Abilene - Kansas
  3. San Elizario - Texas
  4.  Carlisle - Pennsylvania
  5.  De Smet - South Dakota
  6.  Gettysburg - Pennsylvania
  7.  Taos - New Mexico
  8.  Natchitoches - Louisiana
  9.  Berkeley Springs - West Virginia
  10.  Natchez - Mississippi


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