By Robert L. Martin
Where water offer, railway transportation, and oil reserves were plentiful, cities in significant West Texas have prospered; the place those assets are few, settlements have maintained purely mild progress or disappeared fullyyt. helping his conclusions with profuse statistical facts, Robert L. Martin lines the commercial improvement of six significant cities within the quarter, all with over 10,000 citizens in 1960: Lamesa, Snyder, Sweetwater, titanic Spring, Midland, and Odessa.
Ranching introduced the 1st settlers to West Texas within the 1870s and ruled the financial system till 1900. within the Eighteen Eighties farmers started to arrive, and among 1900 and 1930 agricultural creation changed ranching because the most crucial industry.
With the inflow of inhabitants got here the railroad, and small settlements have been proven alongside its path. people with enough water provide prospered and, as counties have been equipped, grew to become county seats and provide facilities for the encircling agricultural regions.
The land couldn't aid a wide agricultural inhabitants, and agriculture-related manufactures quickly drew inhabitants to the cities. in spite of the fact that, it used to be now not till the oil discoveries of the 1920's that the fashionable urban emerged. After international battle II, oil creation and oil-related industries generated nice wealth and prompted a growth in inhabitants progress and concrete improvement. regardless of the expansion in prosperity, the financial system is precariously balanced. city facilities depending on oil—an of restricted life—have matured in a space with no adequate water or agricultural assets to aid them. Martin concludes that, with out cautious making plans and an answer to the water challenge, those towns may well a few day develop into ghost cities at the plains.
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The City Moves West: Economic and Industrial Growth in Central West Texas by Robert L. Martin