barbed wire

by: Taylor B

Before barbed wire

Before barbed wire was invented wood from trees, stone, thorny brush, and mud were used as fences.

Perimeters were made of whatever materials were accessible in the region. Wood, stone, earth, or living wall of bushes. Wood was rare on the fields and costly to acquire. Notwithstanding when stone was accessible it was hard, concentrated work and most pilgrims thought that it was illogical. Living wall made up of trees or bush, for example, Osage Orange on the grounds that it developed thick with needles, took numerous trees. Smooth wire was once in a while utilized yet couldn't keep down cows.

Open range is closing

With the ascent of fencing came the end of the Open Range and the way of life that had been supported by it. It offered into a land more created and more edified. Towns started to succeed, the economy fluorished, and law grabbed hold. The times of the old, wild West were gone everlastingly, for with spiked metal perimeter had come a social change of the American outskirts.

Impact on Texas

Reach wars – agriculturists and farmers struggled between one another. They cut and decimated fences and blazed field area bringing about gunfights and lower property estimations. Extension of the railroad

Steers farming turns into a business, as opposed to a lifestyle

Development of extensive farms. Development of populace and towns in West Texas Utilization of barbwire to fence-off area

fence cutting in texas

On this day in 1884, the state legislature made fence cutting a felony punishable by one to five years in prison. In 1883, fence cutting had become a major source of friction between landless cattlemen who wanted to retain practices of the open range and those who fenced their land with barbed wire. In the fall of 1883, when damage from wrecking of fences in Texas was estimated at $20 million, Governor John Ireland called a special session of the legislature to meet on January 8, 1884, to address the issue.