Beau can't win for losing - sashays up to claim a worthless mine he won, then the whole town disappears. The no-longer Silver Hill stands at the mercy of the venal Wilber Shanks, a sanctimonious railroad land buyer, whose threat to divert his rail line far from Silver Hill forces its befuddled citizens to immediately take Shanks' mare to chat up a lonely bachelor sheep rancher who's desperate for some 2-legged company for a change.
Did You Know?
When the railroads came west, there was friendly rivalry between the towns as to which one would get railroad service. But with that indomitable spirit of good old American tradition of fair-play these disputes were settled with logic and patience. Of course, logic sometimes had to be backed up by bullets. On the other hand, there were towns that had a different sort of battle in trying to bring the railroad their way. Silver Hill, for example.