Railroads & Farming

1870-1900

How Railroads Affected Farming.

Transcontinental Railroad

The first transcontinental railroad was made in 1885. Over the course of the 1800s, railroads became thee primary political issue in the state.

Farming

Farmers experienced difficult economic times. It resulted from the low prices for their product. From 1870-1897, wheat, corn, cotton, prices fell. The primary cause of their problem was overproduction. The 2 obstacles were bank and railroads. They managed to gain control of several state legislatures and to enact state laws which regulated railroads. In 1890 decided to field candidates for state and national offices under diverse party labels. The increase in productivity meant that farm prices had fallen steeply.