San Antonio in Bexar County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Barbed Wire Demonstration
In 1876, veteran salesman Pete McManus and his young partner, John Warne Gates, made their first demonstration in San Antonio's bustling Military Plaza, it was here in the quiet "mudhole" of Alamo Plaza that McManus and Gates set up a barbed wire corral and then drove cattle into the pen. It is said that after the corral held the thundering animals under the astonished eyes of cowboys and cattlemen, the flamboyant Gates invited spectators in the Menger Hotel to place their orders. After the theatrical demonstration in Alamo Plaza, the market for barbed wire fencing suddenly exploded with large sales to Texas ranchers and others along the frontier.
Pete McManus reportedly sold more barbed wire fencing than any salesman in the world. John W. "Bet-A-Million" Gates became the world's largest barbed wire manufacturer. He helped found the Texas Company (later Texaco) and develop the town of Port Arthur.
Barbed wire fencing changed the landscape of the American west
Erected 2000 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 11742.)
Location. 29° 25.483′ N, 98° 29.2′ W. Marker is in San Antonio, Texas, in Bexar County. Marker is on East Crockett Street just east of Alamo Plaza. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 204 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio TX 78205, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Menger Hotel (a few steps from this marker); San Antonio Section - National Council of Jewish Women (a few steps from this marker); The Defense of The Alamo (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Menger Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Menger Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Menger Bar (within shouting distance of this marker); The Alamo in 1836 (within shouting distance of this marker); Soldiers of the War of 1812 Who Fought for Texas (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Antonio.
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