The Old West is still old because no one is willing to allow it to become modern. Little did those who sat on hard wagon seats facing desert heat and extreme cold realize the noise from their wheels would later turn into tunes for Western ballads. Who knew that cameras and big screens would follow the trails and river-crossings on up, and over, the mountains.
If early pioneers could have looked into the future and asked those of this day, "What are you doing?" they would reply, "We are trying to be like you. You are our heroes."
Louis L'amour and dozens of other writers have been fascinated with places and events so much that they carried pen and paper to make notes. Ask them, "Why are you doing this?" and hear them answer,
"Well, I guess for the same reason they made the Washington monument, the same reason people want to see Plymouth Rock. Maybe it's for the same reason the artist after thousands of years decided to let Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt out of Mt. Rushmore."
You see, the early people that were living it did not know they were heroes. True heroes never do. So it falls the writers' goal to let people know how special they are.
O. C. Marler