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Homestead National Monument of America in Gage County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Is All Barbed Wire the Same?

 
 
Is All Barbed Wire the Same? Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 30, 2011
1. Is All Barbed Wire the Same? Marker
Inscription.
Barbed wire proved invaluable for marking boundaries on the open prairie. Soon after its invention in 1874 there were over 570 different patents and thousands of variations. You can examine dozens of them on the fence nearby.

Why so many? Early inventors tried to improve the basic idea, most notably Joseph F. Glidden's 1874 innovation of a simple barb on a strong, double-stranded wire. Later entrepreneurs tried to cash in on barbed wire's potential. Those versions that could be produced more efficiently, and sold more cheaply, succeeded.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 40° 17.113′ N, 96° 49.618′ W. Marker is in Homestead National Monument of America, Nebraska, in Gage County. Click for map. Marker is on the path leading from the Homestead Heritage Center to the log house. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8523 West Nebraska Hwy 4, Beatrice NE 68310, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Homesteading's Legacy is Written on the Land (within shouting distance of this marker); A Prairie Reborn (within shouting distance of this marker); Boundaries of Freedom (within shouting distance of this marker); Close Quarters
Is All Barbed Wire the Same? Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 30, 2011
2. Is All Barbed Wire the Same? Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Walk in Their Shoes (within shouting distance of this marker); The Homestead Heritage Center (within shouting distance of this marker); Do You Live Near a Homestead? (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Daniel and Agnes Freeman (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Homestead National Monument of America.
 
Also see . . .
1. Glidden's Patent Application for Barbed Wire. (Submitted on September 25, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Cool Things - Barbed Wire. (Submitted on September 25, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. The Kansas Barbed Wire Museum. (Submitted on September 25, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. 1939 Barbed Wire Fencing Journal Article. (Submitted on September 25, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. AgricultureIndustry & CommerceMan-Made FeaturesSettlements & Settlers
 
Is All Barbed Wire the Same? Marker Detail image. Click for full size.
By National Park Service, undated
3. Is All Barbed Wire the Same? Marker Detail
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 395 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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