Many people moved to “Boom Towns” to either find jobs, or heard of the Boom Strike. Only a few woman and children lived there, because it was so dangerous some were left at home. And by “dangerous¨ I mean like drinking gambling. Many of the roads were dirt, but when it rained the dirt roads would turn into little rivers.
Cattle drivers would put the cattle in the middle and men would go on the sides and front etc. They would try to get the cattle to the person thats buying them. They protect them from thieves, rustlers, and any thing that threatened them. It was a difficult thing to do when traveling a long ways with people out there that want free cattle.
The arrival of rail lines were important because they were cheaper than boats. They had pretty much produced 57 million worth of cotton so they may want to keep it safe. But, not all of it was cotton, they would put crops, fruits, rice, and vegetables.The price in West Texas increased from 574,000 to 8 million.