This story board is a project in history. It's for a grade!!!!!
Railroads and Farming
A typical cattle drive had 8-12 cowboys in a herd of 2000-3000 cattle. These cowboys each had different jobs, including the trail boss ( The cowboy that leads the herd in the right direction ), Swing riders ( stays closely towards the side of the herd, their responsibility is to keep the cattle together ), Flank riders ( they are located behind the swing riders on the sides of the herd their job is keeping the cattle from fanning out, and / or wondering off ), Drag riders ( are located behind the herd pushing slower animals forward, and keeping the herd moving ), The Wrangler ( His job is to take care of the cattle and help the cook ).
Working on the oil fields was a dirty, patient job. Yet, thousands of Texans arrived at the boomtowns seeking work! Among the workers were many young farm boys who wanted to get out of farm work, and try something new. Many moved to different areas depending on where they heard there was big oil strikes! Most Texas boomtowns were packed, and many oil field workers lived in tents or wooden shacks. Being an oil worker was a rough, hard, and dirty job!
The arrival of the rail lines allowed many Texas settlers to travel safer and quicker than many other transportations back in the day! It also allowed supplies to be shipped quickly, which is also more efficient. The rail lines were able to ship goods and supplies that the farmers needed for themselves, their crops, and their animals!
The longhorn breed was developed when Spanish breeds mixed with English cattle brought by U.S. settlers. The longhorn was / is well suited to life in Texas. They could adapt VERY, VERY well to Texas’s HOT summers and COLD winters, as well as every temperature in between! Longhorns could survive on very little water and can digest Prickly Pear Cactus ( that was its main water source during droughts ). This allowed them to be resistant to the disease unfortunately many cattle got called “Texas Fever”. Longhorns had long legs which also allowed them to travel long distances!
The Spindletop geyser boom allowed economy to rise as well as the price of oil to increase greatly! The men who discovered the Spindletop geyser had to wait for a long time ( not knowing if they will find any oil ) before the Spindletop beauty exploded, and shot oil 150 feet into the air! After that the geyser gave 100,000 barrels of oil a day!!!! All in all, many men came home covered in black, sweaty, and tired after a hard day’s work!
Many cool equipment was used to help with farming in the west! Including John Deerś deep steel plow ( used to break through tough soil ), windmills ( help to pump water from aquifers for crop irrigation ), horse drawn plows ( could plow the dirt better and faster ), and threshers ( they separate grains and seeds ).