What causes some towns to continue and some to die? What insidious forces creep in to doom a town to the shadows of the history books? Who is there to record its passing? Who will mourn its death? What can we learn from a study of the old places which no longer exist? How can a town cling to life and offer hope to its inhabitants? These are some of the questions we hope to answer in this book, as we look backward to the past and forward to the future.