Ranchers normally supervised herds on each cattle drive. Some ranchers drove their own cattle, but some hired a drover. Cowboys had to guide the cattle, while other cowboys rode on the sides of the herds.
The Boomtowns were crowded, dirty and rough places. Most Oil - field workers often lived in tents or wooden shacks. The roads soon turned into rivers filled with dirt and mud.
Railroads provided a cheap way to ship cotton to national markets. They also opened up new areas to commercial farming. Railroad companies offered lower rates for shipping cotton and built large cotton loading platforms at each railroad stop.