Back to the 19th Century

Cattle Production

Day one.

The completion of the railroads to the West following the Civil War opened up vast areas of the region to settlement and economic development. White settlers from the East poured across the Mississippi to mine, farm, and ranch. African-American settlers also came West from the Deep South, convinced by promoters of all-black Western towns that prosperity could be found there. Chinese railroad workers further added to the diversity of the region's population.

Civil War

Sunday, Jan. 15th 1905 at 7-9pm

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Texas had been cattle country since the 18th century, the economic importance of livestock took off in the post Civil War era, when wild longhorns could be sold for up to 6 times as much in the northern states. Ranch owners corralled wild longhorns and organized drives to sell cattle as far away as Canada.