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railroads and farming
While older Longhorns weighed up tp 1,600 pounds, some people said the longhorn had too little meat. When the civil war broke out, the demand for Texas beef increased rapidly. The Confederate army needed to feed the troops. In addition, longhorns were resistant to the cattle disease commonly called Texas fever.
Spindletop oil production peaked in 1902 at more than 17 million barrels of oil. The discovery of this huge oil field soon affected oil prices. Several Texas oil companies who survive the boom-and-bust cycle grew into major businesses.
Railroads promised cheap, fast, and reliable transportation. It was also cheaper to ship goods by railroad than by wagon. A 35-mile trip that took a day and a half by horse took less than two hours by rail.
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