We take for granted that if we want to drive somewhere, there will be roads to drive on. In the late 1800s, however, the few hard-surfaced roads that existed in Texas were located in only a few cities. It was not until the railroads expanded that people in the outlying areas could much more easily take a trip into town, and farmers and ranchers could get their crops and cattle to markets. In this activity, you will learn more about the expansion of the railroads in Texas.
Destination Title: Texas Almanac
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Start at the Texas Almanac Web site.
- Scroll down and click on Almanac Data.
- Now click on Texas History.
- Scroll down and click on Texas History Highlights.
- Find and click on Railroads, Windmills, and Barbed Wire.
- Read the information.
After you have read through the information, answer the following questions.