I'm actually hesitant about just plucking items from a list, even if I find one, so I'd prefer personal answers if you have them! So if you've lived in or visited a small town in the U.S. (<10K population, hopefully in the west--including mid- or south-), what made it different from other small towns?
For example, the small town I lived in as a teenager had a giant, ugly, cartoonish statue of Paul Bunyan next to main street, welcoming/horrifying people as they arrived. A friend told me that near her town, there were two water towers so close together that they very much look like a giant blue butt.
Observations of particularly backwater people, behaviors, festivals, customs, etc. are welcome as well. I have a character who is insensitive to cultural differences between urban and rural areas, and these are supposed to be things she would notice and make fun of in her blog.