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  • OIL
  • They made buttons, cups, decorations, furniture, and the household utensils from horns. The longhorn became more valuable as cattle ranching grew in the late 1850. After the war, Texans looked for new markets to sell their cattle.
  • On January 10, 1901 a man who worked at Spindletop described the big oil strike.  The giant plume of oil shooting into the air at Spindletop could be seen from more than 10 miles away. The Spindletop marked the beginning of the Texas oil boom and the age of oil in Texas.
  • Because cotton brought larger profits per acre than other crops, some Texas farmers began to grow only cotton. In 1880, Texas farmer produced about $57 million worth of cotton. Railroads provided a cheap way to ship cotton to national markets.
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