Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Ruston, LA Named USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Winner

by BIZ Magazine

Ruston, Louisiana, has emerged victorious as the recipient of the prestigious 2024 USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award for Best Historic Small Town. This esteemed recognition was bestowed upon Ruston by USA TODAY on April 10, following four weeks of fervent voting from March 4 to April 1.

Mayor Ronny Walker expressed his gratitude, stating, “It is a real honor to be voted in the top 5 Best Historic Small Towns in America. Thanks to all those who voted and to USA TODAY for their interest in recognizing small towns in America.”

The top ten winners in the category are as follows:

  1. Ludington, Michigan
  2. Wickford, Rhode Island
  3. Abilene, Kansas
  4. Ruston, Louisiana
  5. San Elizario, Texas
  6. Winslow, Arizona
  7. Berkeley Springs, West Virginia
  8. Cumberland, Maryland
  9. Jonesborough, Tennessee
  10. Winterset, Iowa

Ruston boasts a rich tapestry of historic sites, longstanding businesses, and renowned museums. Central to its allure is a thriving 25-block historic downtown, designated as a National Register of Historic Places, which pulsates with culture and commerce. The district is adorned with public art installations, local boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, and hosts cultural events year-round.

Amy Stegall, Main Street Director and Community Coordinator for the City of Ruston, remarked, “To be recognized among the top 5 Best Historic Small Towns by USA TODAY is more than just an accolade; it’s a reflection of our town’s deep-rooted history, cherished traditions, and an invitation to explore and experience its unique character.”

Nominees for all categories are meticulously selected by a panel of experts, comprising editors from USA TODAY and 10Best.com, along with relevant expert contributors and sources from Gannett properties.

Amanda Carrier, President & CEO of Experience Ruston, highlighted the significance of this accolade, stating, “This recognition is a testament to the dedication of the City of Ruston, Downtown Ruston, and all the merchants, businesses, and community organizations whose hard work make Ruston a thriving destination.”

While the 10Best Readers’ Choice Award contest is hosted on 10Best.com, it receives extensive promotion across USA TODAY Travel Media Group’s digital and mobile platforms, as well as via social media channels. Nominees are prominently featured across relevant USA TODAY departments and through Gannett media outlets.

For more information on the USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award for Best Historic Small Town and this year’s winners, visit here.

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