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The longhorns were an important component in early Texan life.They could use their massive horns as decorations.The longhorns popularity increased in the late 1850’s.When the civil war broke out,The confederates needed more beef to feed their troops.However,it was difficult to move the cattle since the union was blocking trade.As a result,the number of cattle grew rapidly and, about 5 million cattle roamed Texas by the end of the Civil war.
After the oil explosion on Spindle top hill,thousands of people were drawn there by the promise of fortune.Oil was extremely valuable then,and led to the development of cities,and was fuel.With the population rapidly increasing in some of these town’s, people then started to refer to them as boom town's.A boom town were places where everyone was rushing around trying to make money.These places were dirty and rough so not many women and children lived in these towns
The railroads played a major role with farming.They helped encourage settlement,in hopes of making money by selling land.The farmers grew crops, and also raised livestock.They then used the railroads to ship their goods.This made the population in West Texas boom because of job opportunities,and in ten yeas the population has risen thousands
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