Tejano ranchers staged the first cattle drives in Texas, herding groups of cattle south of the Rio Grande to supply beef to spanish military outposts.
Oil companies grew at a time when electricity was replacing kerosene for lighting homes and industries. Fortunately for oil producers, though, new uses for petroleum were being discovered, Because it was cheaper than coal, oil quickly replaced coal as the fuel for steam engines.
Farmers began using horse-drawn plows that could plow several rows at once. Two-row planters also made planting faster and less difficult.