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Downtown Rock Springs

A mural in downtown Rock Springs. Murals began springing up in city's core in 2014. 

ROCK SPRINGS (WNE) — Rock Springs was recently named to a list of the America’s 25 Cutest Main Streets in Small(er) Towns by Fodor’s Travel.

“America’s Main Streets are staging a comeback,” the Fodors.com article states. “Not so long ago, Main Streets everywhere were being boarded up, caving into the fight against big business and shopping malls. Well, that’s all changing, as concerned citizens and historical groups are spearheading movements to renovate buildings, beautify streetscapes, revive local economies, and bring 21st-century verve into main drags across the nation.”

While not a sequential listing, Rock Springs appears at No. 16.

“It may have been rough and tumble in the olden days, but this Wild West town has changed its ways. Two restored buildings led the way for Main Street’s comeback: The century-old Freight Station, now the visitor center; and 1948 Broadway Theater, an intimate space that draws thousands of people for live performances. In between, mom-and-pop shops, indie boutiques, and gift shops offer superior shopping. Among favorite festivals, Rods and Rails Car Show brings hundreds of classic cars all along the street.”

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