Ahead of the herd was the Trail Boss, who stayed ahead of the herd to clear the way for the herd. They were always being followed by the Camp Cook. There was also professional horse handler that watched and cared for the extra horses (remuda). Then there was the camp cook who cooked for the cowboys, they stayed in the front with the Trail Boss. The two Point Men guided the herd, while most the other cowboys stayed in the sides to keep the herd from getting out of line. Then, there were the Drag Men that stayed at the back of the herd, this was the worst position because they’re ‘eating’ the dust of the herd the entire trip.
That year nearly 20% of the oil produced in the United States was from Spindle. It made so much oil that the price for oil was dropped, to an all time low of 3 cents a barrel. The changes in prices were part of a Boom-and-Bust-Cycle, otherwise known as the random periods of growth and depression in an industry or economy. The boom and bust at Spindletop was the first cycle the Texas oil industries would experience.
Railroads promised cheap, fast, and reliable transportation, while steamboat had their difficulties with the water level, or how reliable the river was. A 35-mile trip that would take a day and a half by horse, only took 2 hours by railroad. It was also cheaper to ship goods by railroad then by wagon, because it was $1 every 100 lbs shipped 100 miles, while it was 50 cents for the same amount, and same distance if done by railroad.