Cattle Kingdom


U.S. History Gilded Age Cattle Kingdom
Students learn about the growth of the cattle industry following the Civil War. They identify some of the difficulties involved in cattle drives, and then they examine the growth of cow towns. Finally, they reflect on how the cattle industry contributed to westward expansion.

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In this experience, students learn about the growth of the cattle industry following the Civil War. They identify some of the difficulties involved in cattle drives, and then they examine the growth of cow towns. Finally, they reflect on the factors that contributed to the changes in the cattle industry.

Objectives:

  • Analyze the geographic impact of the Cattle Kingdom boom.
  • Explain the factors that contributed to the end of the Cattle Kingdom.


In the twenty years after the Civil War ended, the cattle industry grew tremendously. With the expansion of the railroads in the 1870s and 1880s, the industry began stretching from its base in Texas northward and westward into Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, and the Dakotas. This area of the United States that was dominated by the cattle industry during the 1870s and 1880s is referred to as the Cattle Kingdom.

Objectives:

  • Analyze the geographic impact of the Cattle Kingdom boom.
  • Explain the factors that contributed to the end of the Cattle Kingdom.




Think about the term Cattle Kingdom.


Make a prediction about the impact the Cattle Kingdom had on the western frontier.



Ask students to share some of their responses. Point out that the Cattle Kingdom impacted both the human and the physical geography of the United States during the mid to late 1800s.


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