Between 1880 and the Great Depression, the population of the state of Texas grew by 700 percent. This staggering number is in a large part related to the use of promotional brochures and the enticing pictures these publications painted of the Lone Star State, including its year-round growing seasons in the south, ample space for farms in the west, and beautiful areas for tourism all over. The promotionals were created by various groups and individuals all intent on the same goal: bringing people to live in Texas. Railroad companies looking to lay their tracks further west were in need of passengers as well as produce to ship to city markets, and tailored their promotionals to farmers and their families. Fledgling Texas towns hoping to become more established sang the praises of their region and the unique activities available to those looking to settle or just visit.
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