They say those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it. So what can Old West ghost towns teach us about today’s shrinking rural towns? Starting September 16, we’ll take you to the windswept prairie where towns once stood and to new ghost towns in the making. We’re exploring rural decline and resilience, and asking, why does it matter if America’s small towns disappear?



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