cattle, oil, railroads, and farming

cattle, oil, railroads, and farming

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  •                              oil
  •  oil
  • Our population used to be 9,000, but thanks to the spindletop strike know  it´s 50,000.
  • cattle 
  • I´m the drover of this cattle drive! I operate the drive.
  • In the mid-1800´s the first major oil strike, also known as the spindle top strike, occurred  Due to the oil strike an oil company sent Edward Drake to northwestern Pennsylvania in search for oil. Luckily he was able to find oil. His success led to an oil boom. Many were in search of the riches of discovering more oil.
  • railroads and farming 
  • look at all our cotton!!!
  • The oil boom lead to an urban growth in Texas because of the promise of spectacular fortunes. Many people would do anything for fortune so when they heard about the oil boom there first response was to pack up and move to Texas. Before spindletop strike, Beaumont had 9,000 residence. Within two years it had grown to a city of 50,000.
  • railroads and farming 
  • welcome to our new, faster, more reilable way of transportation.
  • In order to keep the cattle in check during a cattle drive there has to be  at least 8 cowboys to care for 2000 to 3000 cattle. First there is the wrangler who cares for the crews horses. He is needed if one of the cowboys horses gets hurt or can't continue on the journey for some reason. If this happens the wiil switch the horse with one of the horses under the wranglers care. Then there is the cook whose job is to go ahead of the herd and have food prepared for them when they arrive. There was also the drover who was the cattle drive operator. Along with the drover there was also the two point  men who guided the herd, while other men rode alongside the herd. the worst position to have during a cattle drive is the drag men position because the travel behind the herd witch also means they inhale and eat a lot of dust.
  • These are my Texas longhorns the most useful animal on this farm!
  • Due to the arrival of rail lines there were new areas for commercial farming. The new areas were much better fit for cotton growing. Because cotton brought large profit Some Texans started only grow cotton. The Railroad companies also offer lower rates for shipping cotton and built large cotton loading platforms at each railroad stop. Thanks to the railway, the farmers success in transporting cotton more than  tripled.
  • The states economic development had been slowed do to transportation problems. When the railroads were built transportation changed completely. Railroads promised faster, cheaper and more reliable transportation then boats and roads did . Due to the shallowness of most Texas rivers they could not ship goods and during wet weathers dirt roads turned to mud which made transporting goods very difficult . Thanks to the railroad these problems declined.
  • The Texas longhorn cattle  were very important to the cattle industry because they were well suited to life in Texas. They could endure hot weather as well as cold. They could even survive on the lack of water that droughts brought. In addition they were also resistant to the cattle disease commonly known as Texas fever. There horns were also very useful and were made into buttons, cups, decoration,furniture and many other useful items . Very few animals were a useful  to people as the Texas longhorns were.
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