Longhorns were very valuable because they could survive on very little water, and ate Prickly Pear Cacti in droughts. These cattle were at home in Texas, they thrived on Texas’s native grasses. These animals were also useful because they could endure hot or cold weather and were immune to a cattle disease known as “Texas Fever”. Longhorn’s long legs allowed them to travel long distances, and their big horns could protect them from dangerous predators.
The spindletop affected oil prices because there were large amounts being produced. This caused oil prices to drop, and in 1902 they hit an all-time low of three cents a barrel. These changes in price were a part of the boom-and-bust cycle, were the prices went up and down as time goes on.
Railroads helped Texas farmers ship goods to markets faster. This transportation was also cheap. It carried construction materials and supplies to the western parts of the state.
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