However, Ekaterinburg was not willing to settle for the low profile of an ordinary provincial town and managed to overcome the crisis. Private enterprise played a huge role in the development of the city. The residents of Ekaterinburg kept on developing traditional industries: fat rendering, candle making, soap boiling, gold mining, and lapidary work. At the same time, they picked up distillation, brewery, flour milling, machine engineering, etc. Trade was flourishing. The transformation of Ekaterinburg into a major railway hub and the inclusion of the city into the Trans-Siberian Railway served as a powerful catalyst for its economic growth. As a result, Ekaterinburg joined the Russian national railway network.
The growth of commercial and industrial potential had a positive impact on urban improvement, charity, sports, medicine, public education, and culture. New schools, hospitals, and orphanages were established. Telecommunications were developing. The city witnessed the appearance of telephones, electric lighting, and cinemas, as well as the paving of major streets. A professional concert hall and a new city theater were opened. The residents of the city were fond of sports, so the first sports societies and facilities appeared—a racing track and a bicycle track.
By the beginning of the First World War, Ekaterinburg had overgrown "the tight coat of a provincial town" and had prospects for further development. However, the wheel of history took a sharp turn, and then, a completely different stage began in the biography of the city.