Moving to the West
by Izzy Bubar
Surviving in the Great American Desert
Farmers used different things to help them grow crops in the hard and dry dirt. They used the steel plow to break up the hard earth. The mechanical reaper was used to harvest the crops they grew. The windmill would help the farmers and bring water to the surface.
Many bison were killed because of the railroads being built. Men were hired to kill them because the buffalo would trample the railroad tracks. There were so many buffalo being killed that it was bad for the Native Americans. The Native Americans used the buffalo for a lot of things. They ate the meat, used the furs to stay warm and bones to make weapons and tools.
How the Railroad Effected the Bison
Good Things About the Railroad
The railroad helped farmers get their crops to the market to sell. Towns were built close to the railroad tracks. This made people want to move west. The railroad made it easier to get other things like corn, cattle and hogs so farmers could make more money.