6 Construction of dams and bridges to expose riverbeds
7 The Big Strike in Nevada Henry Comstock – 1859 he staked claim for a silver mine in Six-Mile Canyon, Nevada.Became a boomtown overnight.
8 Six Mile Canyon, NevadaSeveral years later, the mines ran out of silver & it became a ghost town.
9 Crime in BoomtownsVigilance committees formed to track down & punish wrongdoers.
10 Other BonanzasMining also helped the growth of Colorado, the Dakota Territory, and Montana.It spurred the building of railroads through the Rocky Mtns.Denver became the supply point.
11 Ranching and Cattle Drives After the Civil War, Americans built large cattle ranches on the Great Plains.The Texas Longhorn was the only breed that could survive the harsh climate of the plains.
12 Cattle IndustryIndustry grew in because of the open range – vast areas of grasslands owned by the fed. gov’t.Beef prices soared after the Civil War.
13 Long Drives1866 – first long drive across the Great Plains to the railroad in Sedalia, Missouri.Sold for 10x the price at the railroad than in Texas.Major Route was the Chisholm TrailMost cowboys were former Confederate soldiers.