In the 1850’s the civil war broke out longhorn cattle became more valuable. Demand for beef increased dramatically. And the confederate needed to feed the starving soldiers.
Spindletop oil productions peaked in 1902 with more than 17 M. barrels of oil.This discovery of this oil field made the prices of oil drop dramatically with only 3 cents a barrel.These changes took part in the boom-and-bust cycle, or switching times of growth and depression in an industry or economy.
Some of the advantages were, rail travel was faster and more dependable than other transportation. Railroads also brought trade and business to other towns. The growing of railroads built up to the development of the Texas frontier.