- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 50 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: August 26, 2008
- Originally Released: 2004
- Label: A&E Home Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
Performers, Cast and Crew:
This History Channel special ventures into the wild, wild West in search of stories behind America's first pioneer towns. Often built amidst rugged landscapes, with few resources beyond what settlers brought with them, these bootstrap communities relied on the hard work of local homesteaders to thrive and survive. WESTERN TOWNS examines the methods employed by these early settlements to provide utilities, entertainment, and protection to their inhabitants.
Description by New Video Group:
Out of hundreds of western towns, a handful survived through technological ingenuity to become icons of the Old West. We discuss why certain areas were chosen for settlement, how the towns sprang up, their construction, water supplies, sanitation, and protection against Indian attack. We learn the layout, which included saloons, dance halls, general stores, undertakers, cemeteries, and of course, jails and court houses. And we discover how the Wild West advertised to lure homesteaders to the frontier.