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The Smithsonian Magazine ranks Los Alamos eight out of the 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2013.
The top five were Gettysburg, Pa., Cleveland, Ms., St. Augustine, Fla., Baraboo, Wis., and Astoria, Ore.
What kind of criteria did the magazine use?
The magazine stated, “What makes a small town big on culture? For the second year running, we sought a statistical answer to this question by asking the geographic information company Esri to search its databases for small towns and cities — this time, with populations of less than 15,000 — that have exceptional concentrations of museums, art galleries, orchestras, theaters, historic sites and other cultural blessings.”
And this is what the magazine said about Los Alamos.
“Scientists in Los Alamos raced to design and fabricate nuclear bombs, detonated over Nagasaki and Hiroshima, Japan, a scant month after they were tested, bringing World War II to a summary end. The drama, secrecy and moral implications of the Manhattan Project, as it was called, are of such enduring significance that Congress is expected to debate creating a national park in Los Alamos to conserve sites related to atomic bomb development.
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