Under the cover of the night sky, rangers would snip barbed wire fences. This allowed cattle to escape, before long ¨range wars¨ started. They made new laws that stated fence cutting was illegal. It also said that the ranches had to be three miles apart from each other to make room for roads or railroads. The law also said that you could´nt fence land you did´nt lease or own. They sent out Texas rangers to enforce the law, eventually range wars died down.
Life on the Oil fields
Longhorns were useful since people could make furniture,decorations, household utensils, and even buttons. Some settlers stored gun powder in their hollowed out horns. Eariler settlers displayed their horns on the walls of their homes. Cattle ranching also helped farmer earn money, Longhorns went for a high price during this time. Not many animals were as useful to people on the Texas frontier as the longhorn.
Sprindle top oil booms created many jobs,it led to depletion of the feild. By 1904 spindle top was only producing about 10,000 barrels of oil daily. Most oil companys went out of business when their wells dried up. Many oil companys merged , Texaco, one of the oil companys that merged in 1905. Any companys that survived the boom were very important to the economy. The government offered them many jobs because of this.
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Most texas boomtowns were crowded,dirty,and roughs spaces. Oil feild workers lived in either tents or wooden shacks. The dirt streets of the towns became sloshy mud when it rained. Many boomtowns were dangerous places to live due to intoxicated,or gambling people that started violent acts.
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The railroad helped them get their cotton shipped out much quicker. The railroads didnt ask for much money to ship out farmers products, this benefited the farmers. Railroad compants shipped out other crop such as fruit,rice,and vegetables.
Cottons all loaded up!
Labor unions grew the work hours,money, and working conditions or laborers. The Knights of labor and organization to support skilled and unskilled workers in trading. The groups were established in Waco, Houston, Galveston, Fort worth, and lastly Austin. There were more then 300 of these groups in the mid-1800s. The railroad unions went on strike against Jay Gould’s Wabash Railroad in 1885. In 1886 the Knights were defeated which led to violence in Fort worth. As a result, the support for unions decreased in Texas.