Getting Rich Behind a Counter

Western Merchants

One of the most surefire, but unglamorous, ways to get rich in 1880s Arizona was to sell all the boomers merchandise. Tombstone merchants sold everything for sky-high prices. A pillow would cost you $1, a lamp, $6, and a keg of horseshoes $14! A dozen eggs sold for 75 cents. Oh, and a dozen homemade beers would set you back $3. Many of these merchants became wealthy and retired to Los Angeles, California, where they built palatial mansions on a street that became known as Arizona Row.

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