Random Thoughts: The Blizzard of 1886, part 2
July 3, 2020
From the late 1860s to the late 1880s the cattle industry spread from Texas to other parts of the American West including the Great Plains.
Meanwhile, the U.S. government was financing the building of several railroads to take people and goods from the eastern half of the country to California and other western destinations.
Later, the trains that had traveled west would return to the East loaded down with gold, silver, lumber and other western products. As they passed through the plains they would pick up wheat, corn, and cattle to feed the people living in eastern cities.