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RAILROADS AND FARMING
What jobs were typical on a cattle- driving crew? What were their responsibilities? A typical cattle drive had 8 to 12 cowboys who care for 2,000 to 3,000 cattle. A wrangler is a professional horse wrangler, he cares for the crews horses.The camp cook provides food for the cowboys and the chuck wagons provides supplies. One or two highly experienced cowboys called point men ride up front to guide the herd, while the other cowboys ride on the sides to keep the cows from wandering off.Drag men ride behind the herd to keep the slow pocks moving, being a drag man is horrible because they "ate" dust all day long.
How did the development of the oil industry lead to urban growth in Texas? Thousands of people were drawn to Texas by the promise of fortunes to be made in the oil business. Towns that grew at an exceptional rate were called boom-towns ,because they grew along with economic booms. Thousands of Texans arrived at these boom towns seeking work in the oil industry. Some moved from town to town, following news of oil strikes, Few women and children lived in these towns do to the violent and dangerous people who lived there
How did new technology help farmers adapt to farming in West Texas in the 1840's? Farmers began using horse-drawn plows that could plow several rows at once. Two row planters also made planting faster and less difficult. Threshers are machines that separate grain or seeds from plants which made harvesting faster and easier. In the late 1800's a few Texans even began to use stem powered threshers and tractors.
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