In the late 19th century the idea of the American West promised riches, land, and prosperity to those willing to work for it. With the creation of the mining industry and the construction of the railroad, this idea of prosperity was within reach for many people. Towns were built around these mines and railroads, and for some 30 years those towns flourished. After resources dried up and towns were bypassed by big highways, the population dwindled. Civilization came, stopped for a while, and moved on. This series is a study of Montana boomtowns and how they have sustained or not sustained themselves over the last 100 years.