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Dates That Matter

October 27, 1873

Joseph Glidden creates the most successful form of barbed wire.

 Why does it matter?

Without barbed wire (also known as "barb wire"), cattle ranching in the West would have been impossible. The length of fence required meant that the fence had to be easily and inexpensive to build, but it had to keep cows from knocking it down. Barbed wire served as a good enough deterrent for the cows to keep them confined and it could be easily mass produced.

For more information...

Brief History of Barbed Wire
Good, "quick and dirty" overview of the impact of barb wire on the West.

The History of Barbed Wire
A more comprehensive look at barbed wire, including some drawings of the various types of barbed wire.

The Glidden Homestead
From the Glidden Homestead, a biography of Joseph Glidden.