• The homesteaders, those  people who farmed land they  received from the Homestead  Act, had a difficult time  farming th...
• Wheat, which required very  little water in order to  grow, became one of the  staple crops of the Great  Plains, and he...
• As people moved west to seek  their fortune, some stopped  along the way to try their hand  at raising cattle on the    ...
• After raising the cattle on the  open range, ranchers would  send their cattle on the long  drive, a two-month journey  ...
• By 1890, the U.S. Census  Bureau declared the end of the  frontier in the United  States, because “unsettled area  has b...
• Historian Frederick Jackson  Turner credited the frontier  and the ability of the  Americans to expand into it  and deve...
Occupations of the Open Range
Occupations of the Open Range
Occupations of the Open Range
Occupations of the Open Range
Occupations of the Open Range
Occupations of the Open Range
Occupations of the Open Range
Occupations of the Open Range
Occupations of the Open Range
Occupations of the Open Range
Occupations of the Open Range
Occupations of the Open Range
Occupations of the Open Range
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Occupations of the Open Range

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A look at the various occupations held by people on the open range, from farming to mining to ranching.

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Occupations of the Open Range

  1. 1. • The homesteaders, those people who farmed land they received from the Homestead Act, had a difficult time farming the open range and often struggled through years with falling crop prices and rising farm debt.
  2. 2. • Wheat, which required very little water in order to grow, became one of the staple crops of the Great Plains, and helped the region earn the nickname, “breadbasket of
  3. 3. • As people moved west to seek their fortune, some stopped along the way to try their hand at raising cattle on the , an area of land with thick grass that belonged to the government.
  4. 4. • After raising the cattle on the open range, ranchers would send their cattle on the long drive, a two-month journey to the railroad where they could be sent anywhere they needed to go.
  5. 5. • By 1890, the U.S. Census Bureau declared the end of the frontier in the United States, because “unsettled area has been so broken into by isolated bodies of settlement.”
  6. 6. • Historian Frederick Jackson Turner credited the frontier and the ability of the Americans to expand into it and develop it into something worthwhile as an example of what the United States was all about.

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