Thesis: The mining, ranching, and farming frontiers were the same as entrepreneurs and laborersbecause they became replaced by big companies and new inventions, as well as long drives, were replaced by trains. The Industrial Revolution was a breakthrough following the Civil War the United States industrialization and this helped boost the inventions of machines to do everyday work easier. Mining was sought in the second half of the nineteenth century when there were gold and silver found in Nevada and other western territories.
Since these metals were looked after in the world markets people began extracting from the ground which leads to the development of heavy mining machinery and the mining industry they only big companies could afford to build. Mining was no longer a one-man job but rather a company job with expensive machinery. With the development of mining machinery, the very few people had the capital to reposer in the mining industry compared to the flow of cash that the big companies had. Ranching became such a big business since the end of the Civil War there were millions of cattle in the grassy plains of Texas. So, hunting and killing and transporting the cattle to the slaughterhouses were the ideal business.
New slaughterhouses such as the Long Drive were cowboys that easily transported the cattle to eastern cities. They would round them up and take them to the nearest railroad stations. However, the growth and ranching, barbed wire, and railroads ended the log drive since intruders began building fences to cut down the Cowboys (585). Following that, a terrible winter left thousands of cattle to freeze as well as an uncontrolled expansion that took its toll. The only option left was to raise cattle as a big business breeder. Farming became a big business as well with the advancement of technologies such as the arching dams that helped bring irrigation to the Gulf of California. Large farms had to advantage of buying industrial machines that helped plant and harvest their crops faster.
The invention of a steam engine could drag the plow, seeder, and harrow simultaneously (591). This invention along with many others speed of the harvest of wheat and increased the invention of the twine binder and others that combine the reaper thresher together to create the ultimate tool. Larger farms outgrew the smaller ones and were more profitable since they were the new industrial workforce that drove away from the smaller farmers off the land.