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RAILROADS AND FARMING
There was oil that shot into the air and people could see it from more than 10 miles away. The strike marked the beginning of the Texas oil bloom and the age the age of oil in Texas.
The cattle industry grew tremendously in the two decades after the Civil War, moving into western Kansas and Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, and the Dakotas in the 1870s and 1880s with the expansion of the railroads.
Much of the cotton was shipped out of state, and railroads provided a cheap way to ship cotton to national markets.
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