Dressed in their Sunday best, pioneer families posing for Butcher often put the bravest face possible on an existence full of hard work and harsh living conditions, chronicled in Butcher's photo-biography of the pioneers of Custer County.
Though there are hundreds of tiny towns to fit this bill, we narrowed our list down to 5 fabulous communities that each offer up their own unique tastes of small-town life. One thing's for sure: it's never as dull as you might expect.
When the 300 villagers of Diller decided to have a community picnic in 1897, they had the remarkable forethought to set up a paid dining hall for party crashers. Over a century later, the Diller Picnic draws a crowd fit for a county fair, and Diller's citizens crank out enough grub to satisfy nearly 8,000 hungry visitors a day.