Theme Towns

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A ‘theme’ small town is one that reflects an architectural, ethnic, entertainment or religious motif.

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SMALL TOWN                            THEME    
Arizona Oatman
Best Small town of Oatman, Arizona photograph of town theme: Jackasses,  
Arizona Seligman Route 66 Best Small Town of Seligman, Arizona photograph of town theme: Route 66,  
Arizona Tombstone Wild West Photograph of Tombstone, Arizona stage coach narrated tourist tour Historic Old Tombstone

Arizona Williams Route 66 Best Small Town of Williams, Arizona photograph of theme: Route 66,
Arkansas Eureka Springs Victorian/ Healing Mineral Waters Photograph of Eureka Springs, Arkansas Basin Spring Bath House with healing mineral waters, mineral-rich springs, Victorian town bath
California Angels Camp Mark Twain Frogs Photograph of Angels Camp, California decorative frog sculptures, Mark Twain jumping frogs Calavaras County
California Calico Ghost Town Photograph of Calico, California depecting theme of Ghost Town.  
California Ferndale  Victorian Photograph of Ferndale, California Victorian Inn,B  &B inn in Victorian village with redwoods and coastal beaches in Humboldt County  
California Jamestown Trains Photograph of Jamestown, California Sierra Railway steam locomotive, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park       
California Julian Apple Capitol Julian, California photograph of Apple Pies in reference to moniker of town 'Apple Capitol".
California Ojai Spanish Mission Photograph of Ojai, California Spanish Mission Architecture
California Pacific Grove Monarch Butterfly Photograph of Pacific Grove, California Victorian architecture, John Steinbeck Monarch butterfly migration habitat sanctuary and  lighthouse  
California Solvang Danish Windmill   Photograph of Solvang, California Danish windmill       
Colorado  Central City Mining/Gambling Photograph of  Central City, Colorado historic mining  & gambling town
Colorado  Cripple Creek Mining/Gambling Photograph of Cripple Creek, Colorado historic mining & gambling town
Colorado  Vail European/Gingerbread Photograph of Vail, Colorado European Gingerbread  with winter sports: skiing &snowboarding
Florida    Key West Victorian/Margaritaville Photograph of Key West, Florida outside sidewalk café restaurant, Margaritaville  
Florida    St. Augustine Spanish Photograph of St. Augustine, Florida Spanish architecture
Georgia Helen Bavarian Best small town of Helen, Georgia photograph representing theme of town: Bavarian,
Georgia  Plains Peanut Capitol Photograph of Plains, Georgia President Jimmy Carter peanut statue characiture
Idaho Lava Hot Springs Tubing Recreation Photograph of Lava Hot Springs, Idaho river  with whitewater tubing, rafting & recreation on Portneuf River, also canoe, kayak camping
Illinois Bishop Hill Utopian Photograph of Bishop Hill, Illinois historic village colony of Bishop Hill State Historic Site including Illinois Historic Preservation Agency Park a utopian on the prairie, an America’s communal utopia in Henry County, Illinois
Illinois Greenup Porches Photograph of Greenup, Illinois village of the porches
Illinois Nauvoo Mormon Photograph of Nauvoo, Illinois Mormon Temple, Joseph Smith of LDS The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Illinois Woodstock Horses Photograph of Woodstock, Illinois decorative painted rocking horse statues figures or figurines
Indiana New Harmony Utopian Photograph of New Harmony, Indiana outside roofless church
Indiana Oldenburg German Catholic Photograph of Oldenburg, Indiana decorative painted fire hydrant
Iowa Decorah Norwegian Photograph of Decorah, Iowa Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum
Iowa Kalona Amish Best Small Town of Kalona, Iowa photograph of town theme: Amish,
Iowa Orange City Dutch/Tulips/Windmills Photograph of Orange City, Iowa windmill chamber of commerce building
Iowa Pella Dutch/Tulips/Windmills Photograph of Pella, Iowa tulips, tulip flowers, tulip plantings and tulip plants, park structure
Iowa Stanton Folgers Coffee Photograph of Stanton, Iowa Folgers Coffee water tower, Mrs. Folgers Coffee giant coffee pot water tower, giant Swedish coffee pot
Kansas Lindsborg Swedish Photograph of Lindsborg Kansas painted decorative carved wood Swedish Dala horse statues
Louisiana Natchitoches French Photograph of Natchitoches, Louisiana French creole cottage architecture near Cane River French Market
Massachusetts Provincetown Whale Best Small Town of Provincetown, Massachusetts photograph of town theme: Whale,
Michigan Frankenmuth German/Bavarian/Christmas Photograph of Frankenmuth, Michigan German Bavarian Themed Christmas town Oktoberfest, little Bavaria
Minnesota New Ulm German Best Small Town of New Ulm, Minnesota photograph of town theme: German,
Missouri Hermann German Photograph of Hermann, Missouri German European society style architecture
Missouri Ste. Genevieve French Colonial  
Nevada Virginia City Mining/Saloons Photograph of Virginia City, Nevada historic Western Ponderosa Saloon mining and gambling, Comstock Lode gamblers and gaming
New Jersey Cape May Victorian  
New York Chautauqua Chautauqua Festivals Best Small town of Chautauqua, New York, theme of Chautauqua festival,
New York Lake Placid Olympic Sports Photograph of Lake Placid, New York Olympic sports Olympiad, winter Olympics
New York Saratoga Springs Horse Racing/Horses Photograph of Saratoga Springs, New York painted decorative horse statues of race horses, horse racing
North Carolina Mt. Airy Mayberry Mayberry
North Carolina Hendersonville Bears Photograph of Hendersonville, North Carolina
North Carolina New Bern Bears Photograph of New Bern, North Carolina
North Carolina Pinehurst Village Golf Mecca Photograph of Pinehurst Village, North Carolina, Golf Mecca theme town, depicting statue of caddie - historical golfer
Ohio Dresden Baskets Photograph of Dresden, Ohio hand-woven hand-painted Longaberger baskets, worlds largest basket
Ohio Geneva-on-the-Lake 1950s Amusement Park Photograph of Geneva-On-The-Lake, Ohio 1950’s amusement park game arcade, family entertainment
Ohio Germantown German Photograph of Germantown, Ohio, old German settlement depicting current Florentine Hotel
Ohio Yellow Springs 1960s Hippie Culture Photograph of Yellow Springs, Ohio 1960s hippie culture Antioch College liberal, left-wing hippie professors
Oregon Ashland Shakespeare Photograph of Ashland, Oregon Shakespeare festival theatre which shows  independent film festival films.
Oregon Grants Pass Bears Photograph of Grants Pass, Oregon decorative bear statues
Oregon Sisters Cowboy Photograph of Sisters, Oregon building with cowboy theme including the Pony Express
Pennsylvania Gettysburg Civil War Photograph of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania known for Civil War battle,
Pennsylvania Hershey Chocolate Capitol Photograph of Hershey, Pennsylvania chocolate capitol, chocolate lover’s dream
South Carolina Edgefield Turkeys Best small town of Edgefield, South Carolina image of turkey representing the theme of the town:
South Dakota Deadwood Wild West/Gambling Photograph of Deadwood, South Dakota with theme of Wild West, men with costume from 1800's
Tennessee Jonesborough Storytelling Photograph of Jonesborough, Tennessee
Tennessee Lynchburg Whiskey Photograph of Lynchburg, Tennessee Jack Daniels distillery whiskey liquor barrel trash receptacles or containers
Texas Fredericksburg German Photograph of Fredericksburg, Texas German stone masonry architecture
Utah Manti Mormon Photograph of Manti, Utah Mormon LDS temple, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Sanpete Valley
Vermont Wilmington Bears Photograph of Wilmington, Vermont decorative painted bear statues
Virginia Williamsburg Colonial  
Washington Ellensburg Rodeo Photograph of Ellensburg, Washington town with rodeo theme showing
Washington Leavenworth Bavarian Photograph of Leavenworth, Washington Bavarian Village German architecture
Washington Winthrop Wild West Photograph of Winthrop, Washington
Wisconsin Baraboo Circus Photograph of Baraboo, Wisconsin town with theme of circus due to fame of Ringling Brothers, depicts tiger in flag on Main Streets  
Wyoming Dubois Old West Photograph of Dubois, Wyoming theme of Old West,