Iḿ glad cotton brings in more money for my family!
Ranchers used cattle driving to move cattle from one place to another. Since Texas was small in population, not a lot of people wanted cattle. Many ranchers drove their cattle south to sell and feed to the miners in California.
Moooo.... it sure is hot out here
Many oil-field workers lived in tents or wooden shacks. The dirt roads were sloshy and flooded after it rained. There were many places for workers to gamble and drink, which could made living there dangerous.
We finally struck oil!
Cotton brought large profits, so some farmers started growing only cotton. Railroads made transporting cotton cheaper. It helped with the rush of commercial cotton farming. They also opened up new areas for commercial farming.
Farming & Ranching
Taking my onions dowm to the railroad
Longhorns were important because the strong animals could easily survive in Texas’s hot, dry climate. They also didn’t get sick by a disease called Texas fever. Their massive horns protected them from many of the predators in Texas.
The Spindletop Oil Strike was on January 10, 1901 near Beaumont TX. A brick- factory owner thought there was oil under a salt dome at Spindletop Hill. Higgins and others built a oil, gas, and manufacturing company; the oil did not strike, but Higgins wouldn’t give up. They found equipment that found oil but wasn’t strong enough to strike. After finding business leaders to buy new equipment, the oil finally struck.
New towns that were founded near the railroad stops in the panhandle. These towns emerged with the business that the railroads brought. Many paces grew quickly at the meeting places of railroad lines. Many railroad related shops and jobs came up. Farmers and ranchers brought their stock to ship to cities near the tracks. “ The economic boom in railroad towns attracted new residents. “