“ the Coming of the Railroads Was the Main Reason for the Growth of the Cattle Industry on the Plains in the Years 1865-85”

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History “ The coming of the railroads was the main reason for the growth of the cattle industry on the Plains in the years 1865-85” The rail roads certainly did play a very important part in the growth of the cattle industry. It meant that it was a lot more convenient and less time consuming to transport cattle (obviously a very important part of the whole cattle trading business). It also provided more people with the opportunity to buy ‘base land’ (name given to land used as a ‘base to the business), as the rail way offered owned land surrounding track at very reasonable prices. However, I personally disagree with the statement that the railroads were the main reason for the growth of the cattle industry, but it was certainly…show more content…
The cow towns also meant that trading was made easier. A railroad runs through the town of Abilene which meant that it was all the easier to ship the lively stock. It is estimated that nearly 4 million cattle passed through the cow towns. Something that really did contribute was, the invention of refrigeration. The new invention meant that the meat could be transported even more easily and also extended its life as a product (seeing as it could be frozen for some time before being used). Refrigeration also meant that buyers could buy in bulk which helped the ranchers even more. Related to this, is the invention of the first production line: a slaughter house. The slaughter house meant that meat could be cut, processed and packaged cheaply and efficiently and so lent itself to making the rancher more profit. Lastly, the role of the cowboys was extremely crucial seeing as it was them that actually did the work. Their work was not terribly well paid and the job was tough. Their job was to look after, transport and drive the cattle to wherever they were told. If it had not been for the cowboys, the whole ranching theory would have been near impossible to put into practice. Overall, with all the new technology, inventions, inspirations and the current situations, ranching did look like a very attractive job/business. In conclusion , I think the reason for the growth of the cattle industry was partly down to the newly installed railroads, but the main

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