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Railroads and Farming
They put marks on their cattle with hot metal so they knew it was theirs,they also drove the cattle to out of state markets but they faced cattle rustlers, thieves, or people threatened their herd.They had ranch holdings that were worth 30,000$ or about 700,000$ today.
The spindletop gave us a lot more oil 20% of our oil one year came from spindletops and gave us 17 million barrels of oil. The spindletop supply of oil passed the national demand.Then the spindletop affected us bad, it was only producing 10,000 barrels of oil it went a lot down.The new companies that had formed went out of business then their wells dried up, of those very few companies that had survived went into major businesses.
Moving people and goods was time consuming and was very expensive, the Texans waited for railroads hoping they would spur economic growth.The states transportation development was slowed due to transportation problems.The rivers were to shallow to make railroads on so they had some trouble getting the railroads in, and and the dirt roads were also not a good choice because when it rained they got muddy.
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