America’s Greatest Main Streets

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Cheers to these small towns for great Main Streets, where you can admire architecture, sample the local flavor, and find a lost America.

Silver City, NM

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This mining-boom town’s original Main Street washed out in floods in 1895, leaving a 55-foot ditch. (The resulting ravine is now a leafy park.) Merchants started selling out their back doors on Bullard Street, turning the town around literally and figuratively. Silver City now serves as an arts anchor for the region, with more than a dozen galleries. The colorful buildings themselves have an artistic flair, some with false fronts, others with Rococo brick cornices.

Worth a Stop: Diane’s Restaurant, famous for the Hatch Benedict served at brunch—made with chile-cheddar toast and famous Hatch chiles.

—Wayne Curtis

America’s Greatest Main Streets

Silver City, NM

This mining-boom town’s original Main Street washed out in floods in 1895, leaving a 55-foot ditch. (The resulting ravine is now a leafy park.) Merchants started selling out their back doors on Bullard Street, turning the town around literally and figuratively. Silver City now serves as an arts anchor for the region, with more than a dozen galleries. The colorful buildings themselves have an artistic flair, some with false fronts, others with Rococo brick cornices.

Worth a Stop: Diane’s Restaurant, famous for the Hatch Benedict served at brunch—made with chile-cheddar toast and famous Hatch chiles.

—Wayne Curtis

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