Ranches, the Open Range, and Cowboy Life


Texas History Economic Boom Ranches, The Open Range, and Cowboy Life
Students learn about the open range and how it helped ranching become a profitable business. Then they learn about ranching and facts and myths about cowboys. They also explore factors that led to the end of the open range.

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In this experience, students learn about the open range and how it helped ranching become a profitable business. Then they learn about ranching and facts and myths about cowboys. They also explore factors that led to the end of the open range.

Objectives:

  • Explain how Texas land policies affected the open range.
  • Describe the development of big ranches and the myths and realities of cowboys in Texas.
  • Explain the factors that led to the end of the open range in Texas.


Cattle ranching was able to arise in Texas because it had open ranges. These open ranges were enormous areas of unfenced land. In this experience, you will learn how this land affected the development of Texas.

Objectives:

  • Explain how Texas land policies affected the open range.
  • Describe the development of big ranches and the myths and realities of cowboys in Texas.
  • Explain the factors that led to the end of the open range in Texas.




Cowboy Rounding up Cattle


What do you think happened to the open ranges?

A) People put up fences to claim the land.
B) Railroads were built on the land.
C) People started fighting over the land.
D) People built homes on the open ranges.

Students will learn that all of these developments contributed to the end of the open ranges.


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