Ever since oil was struck, our population has been drastically expanding!
The Texans used a system called a cattle drive, originally staged by the tejanos, to herd the cattle and drive them to their desired destination. These were very strategic seeing that each rancher was assigned a specific position that would keep the cattle drives successful. Often cattle ranchers drove the cattle to places like military outposts or mining sites in order to feed the troops and workers as well as to provide them with necessary supplies. This lead cattle ranching into playing a very important role in the regions economy.
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Many cattle ranches arose on the open range that spread from Texas to Canada. These soon formed the Cattle Kingdom. Here many ranchers raised cattle, the majority being longhorns. The Cattle Kingdom consisted of many important cattle operations one being the King Ranch. It included over 1 million acres of land. Click to Edit Description
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When thousands of people were drawn to Texas by the chances of great fortune in the oil industry the population skyrocketed! For example, Beaumont had 9,000 residents before the oil boom and within two years the population expanded to 50,000. Many new businesses opened in order to serve the people. These rapidly growing towns were called boom towns.
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Kerosene, a new form of fuel for lighting that could be made from coal or petroleum, was developed by scientists in the mid-1800’s. Kerosene was a very useful innovation because it was less expensive and less dangerous than other fuels. This caused the demand for oil in Texas to increase dramatically.
When it came to transportations in Texas, railroads were cheap, fast, and reliable. The railroads arrival was very helpful at the time because the rivers were too shallow and unreliable for shipping goods. As for the dirt roads they were at risk of turning to mud any time when wet weather occurred.
Many workers joined labor unions because not only did they support the interest of the workers, but they also pushed for the improvement of wages,hours, and working conditions for laborers. Many of these unions were established in several cities all across Texas. One group called the railroad union organized a railroad strike against the Jay Gould’s Wabash railroad, which ended in success. However, as violence erupted in the labor unions,the support of them was lost.