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After the Civil War there was a lot of cattle just roaming freely in the open range in West Texas People Started to claim them, but they couldn't make much profit because there was so many of them.
In West Texas Farming was very hard. There were not many rivers and inventions like the windmill had not yet been invented. This forced people to think of another way to earn money, ranching.
Ranching became very popular in West Texas, but people could not get much profit from their cattle in Texas since there was so many cows. But in the North there was a high demand for beef and ranchers had an idea.
With this the cattle drives and the open range had begun. Cowboys would take a herd of cattle and move them a long a trail on the open range. They would be taking them to railroads up North where they would be transported to the east and sold. They may have made a lot of money, but it was dangerous. There was always a threat of a stampede. Cattle were spooked easily.
The cowboys would eventually reach a Cowtown where they would load all the cattle on to trains and move them North. They would be sold for at least 40 dollars per head while in Texas it was only 4. It may have been very profitable, but the dangers were great and the Open Range would not be open forever.
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