Tejano ranchers staged the first cattle drives in Texas. Cattle drives were herds of cattle that cowboys directed to certain places to make money. Cattle ranching soon became an important part of the region's economy
With large quantities of oil being produced, the supply of oil outpaced the national demand. As a result, the price of oil dropped to three cents a barrel. These changes were part of a boom and bust cycle.
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Railroads provided a cheap way to ship cotton to national markets. Railroads also opened up new areas to commercial farming. Railroad companies offered lower rates for shipping cotton. They built large cotton loading platforms at each railroad stop.
Railroads and Farming
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The Longhorn was well suited for the Texas climate. It could withstand the hot summers and even the cold winters. During droughts they ate prickly pear cactus and survived on little water. Longhorns were resistant to the cattle disease commonly called Texas fever. This helped the cowboys earn their money.
The men that worked in the oil fields lived in boomtowns. These boomtowns were crowded, dirty, and rough. Since there was a lot of violence and crime here, you rarely saw women and children here. The dirt often became rivers of mud when it rained.
Railroads promised cheap, fast, and reliable transportation. A 35 mile trip took a day and a half to travel by horse while if you took a train it took you less than two hours. It was also cheaper to ship goods by railroad allowing them to save money.