OIl Cattle Rail

OIl Cattle Rail

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  • oil
  • barrels of oil
  • Cattle
  • Railroads
  • In 1901, on January 10th, oil was found on Spindle top Hill. Castillo Higgins suspected that there was oil under the hill’s salt dome and began drilling in 1892. It was not until 1901 that they finally found oil on spindle top. The plume of oil was so tall it could be seen over ten miles away.This major oil strike marked the beginning of the Texas Oil Boom.
  • Typically the two most experienced riders, called point men, would ride in front of cattle and lead the herd. Multiple other cowboys traveled along the sides. Drag men rode in the rear of the herd. Finally, the cook and chuckwagon travelled in front of the group.
  • Train tracks were very popular. There were about 470 miles of rail lines in Texas in 1861. There was almost 53,000 miles of track in the United States in 1870. Railroads cost less and could carry goods to markets alot faster.
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