Top 10 True Western Towns of 2011 Our sixth annual award for Western towns that are the benchmark for preserving history.

Special Recognition


The Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience in Seattle, Washington, is a leader in telling the story of Chinese immigrants in the Old West. Its July 2010 “Chinese Heritage Tour of the American West” deserves special recognition.

Thirty-five people took the seven-day trip, which the museum offered in conjunction with the USDA Forest Service. They traveled through Oregon, Idaho and Nevada to explore the history of Chinese Americans in the mid-1800s through early 1900s—especially in the old mining towns.

One of the participants said the journey was as important as the destinations. That’s a great tribute to a remarkable event. We hope the Wing Luke will offer the heritage tour again.

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