King Ranch in Texas
Diamond Washington 7th period
The Cattle Kingdom
Early Ranchers Use the Open Range
Richard King, was a native New Yorker, came to Texas with Mifflin Kenedy during the Mexican-American War.In 1853 King bought the Santa Gertrudis, an old Spansh land grant of 15.500 acres in the southern Gulf Coast area.Eventually this holding would become the famous King Ranch south of the Nueces River. Later on several changes made trail driving profitable just after the Civil War. The expansion of the railroads after the Civil War played a major role in Texas 's cattle industry.When the railroads expanded outwards the rancher would drive, or move, the catte in large herds to the railroad towns.Joseph G. McCoy persuaded Texas drovers to turn their cattle drives farther West. In the end trail driving came to an end shortly after 1885.