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Ranchers could never succeeded without cowboys,who did countless dailyTasks on the ranches.Most cowboys were young men, and many were Mexican American or African American.Some African American cowboys went on to own their own ranches and farms.Over time,cowboys became an important part of American popular culture.Inexpensive novels featured countless cowboy heroes such as Arizona Joe,Denver Dan,and Fancy Frank.Cowboys faced many dangers.
Thousands of Texans arrived at these boomtowns seeking work in the oil industry. Among them were many young farm workers looking for new type of work.Some Moved to town to town,following news of oil strikes.Few women and children lived in these towns.Most boomtowns were crowded,dirty,and rough places.Dangerous to live in.
Railroads also opened up new areas to commercial farming.Spur lines were extended off main lines into regions where cotton could be grown.Railroad companies offered lower rates for shipping cotton and built large cotton loading platforms at each railroad stop.
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