Considered by many to be a mere stopping point on the way to more alluring mining towns, Johnstown was named for the railway tycoon Walter Johns. Johns pushed to have a train station and railway built in the frontier valley, and his ambition paved the way for commerce and settlement. The train station is in fact the most famed feature of the town. With the railway feeding trade, goods can be found in and shipped from the town that are not available anywhere else in the area. Quite a few entrepreneurs and wealthy merchants have come out of Johnstown lately, giving the town an almost opulent feel despite its relatively small size.
One other feature Johnstown does possess is a rather large prison. Presided over personally by Sheriff Sumner, it houses a considerable number of ruffians, drunkards, bank robbers, and other varmints. Sumner takes great pride in the number of criminals he maintains in custody, and it takes little more than an accusation to land someone in one of his cramped cells.