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.
Spindletop is an oil field built on top of a salt dome located near Beaumont, Texas which mainly produced lumber. On that history-making day, the Spindletop gusher raged for 9 days gushing 100,000 barrels of oil per day.
The era of cotton, cattle and railroads in the late 19th century was a time of huge economic growth for Texas. Railroads brought rapid expansion of people, business, and cities across the state. ... Ranching wasn't the only industry with a major impact on the Texas economy during the late 1800s.