This is another commonplace post. It's by Larry McMurtry, author of The Last Picture Show, Terms of Endearment, Lonesome Dove, and other books. It appeared in the March 24, 2005 issue of The New York Review of Books:
After visiting Tombstone (Arizona), I realized that the reason the O.K. Corral is so persistent in our culture is really quite simple; it's one of those lucky places where history is instantly converted into money. Much of the history may be ersatz, but all the money is real.