19th Century Cattle Industry
By: Caleb Stewart, Dylan Allen, Alex Hernandez, Marcus Davis
About the Industry
In the era of cotton, cattle, and railroads in the 19th century was a time of huge economic growth. In the years after the Civil War, thousands of miles of new track stretched across the state, carrying lumber from East Texas, cattle from West Texas ranches, and crops from the state's farms. Texas had become the leading producer of cattle. Although the era of the cowboy slowly came to an end as ranchers found that railroads were a faster and more economical way of transporting cattle for sale, the era of ranching and cattle production continued.