The wide, open west meant acres and acres of land for ranching. Once the railway came, ranchers could make huge profits by shipping their cattle to large cities, such as Chicago. During cattle drives, cowboys drove cattle from Texas to cattle towns, which sprung up near the railways.
These cattle towns were wild, lawless places. Almost every town had a hotel, a dance hall, and a saloon or two. Outlaws robbed trains and banks. Magazine and play writers wrote about the “wild west,” making it seem even more exciting than it really was.
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