Barbed Wire

The history of Barbed wire

Barb Wire History and How the West was Lost

Facts about Barbed Wire

Barbed Wire

By the 1870s westward expansion of the agricultural frontier across the Great Plains had been stopped by the lack of good fencing material to protect crops from cows .On November 24, 1874, Joseph F. Glidden, was granted a patent for barbed wire consisting of barbs wrapped around a single strip of wire and held in place by twisting that strand around Charles goodnight a pioneer of the open plains, fenced along the Palo Duro Canyon, accepting the need for clear title to grazing rights and the eventually bringing the end of the open range.

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Facts about Joseph F Glidden

Joseph Glidden was born in Clarendon, New York, in 1813. He became a school teacher but first he married Clarissa Foster. In 1837 he purchased a small farm there he made barbed wire.Later his wife, daughter, and two sons all died. When he was 38 he remarried a woman named Luvinda Warne. He was elected sheriff of an entire county. He made the first examples of barbed wire on a coffee bean grinder. Glidden got a patent and then later he sold half of it and became the richest man in the United States. Somewhere in the future he owned a 250,000 acre ranch in Texas. He also owned a hotel, bank, and a newspaper company. Joseph F. Glidden died later in 1906.

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How barbed wire effected the open range

The people were claiming land and were able to section off land. Which was keeping people from trespassing on their land.

Wire cutting

Wire cutting became a law after people started cutting wire to get on other peoples land. People would cut wire to get to places and steal crops.

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