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Railroads & Farming
The Drover herded others cattle to market. The wrangler cared for the crews horses The Camp Cook cooked food for the crew. The Point Men guided the herd. The Drag Men Traveled behind the herd.
Nearly 20 percent of the oil produced in the United States came from Spindletop. With large quantities of oil produced, the supply of oil quickly outpaced the national demand. As a result, the price for oil dropped. By 1902, oil prices hit an all time low of 3 cents.
Railroads promised cheap, fast and reliable transportation. A 35-mile trip that took a day and a half to travel by horse took less than 2 hours by rail. It was also cheaper to ship goods by railroad than wagon. In the 1870s wagon freight rates 1$ for every 100 pounds shipped 100 miles, while railroad rates were less than 50 cents for the same amount over the same distance.
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