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Shiner in Lavaca County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Kaspar Wire Works

 
 
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By Gregory Walker, September 1, 2012
1. Kaspar Wire Works Marker
Inscription. Founded as outgrowth of an 1895 invention that used smooth wire discarded when barbed wire fencing was introduced in this area. August Kaspar, son of a Swiss Lutheran missionary to Texas, salvaged some of the plain wire and made a corn shuck basket for home use. A neighbor saw and bought the basket. Soon Kaspar disposed of his baskets as rapidly as he could make and put them to use in his own barn.

In 1898 he began the full-time manufacture of wire baskets and horse muzzles. His backyard shop was equipped with little more than a pair of pliers and his inventive genius. A rented wagon was the original Kaspar show room.

Arthur H. Kaspar, son of the founder, purchased the business in 1924. In 1949 a grandson, Don G. Kaspar, joined the organization. Kaspar Wire Works has progressed to assembly-line manufacturing of nationally and internationally distributed goods— -- including display racks, baskets, newspaper racks, wire shelving and many other products.

The growth and success of Kaspar Wire Works was officially recognized in 1967 by the bestowal of the first annual Governor's Expansion Award under the auspices of the Texas Industrial Commission.
 
Erected 1970 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 2903.)
 
Location.
Location of Kaspar Wire Works Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gregory Walker, September 1, 2012
2. Location of Kaspar Wire Works Marker
29° 26.202′ N, 97° 9.881′ W. Marker is in Shiner, Texas, in Lavaca County. Marker is on State Highway 95 north of Miller Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 959 TX-95, Shiner TX 77984, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Spoetzl Brewery (approx. 0.3 miles away); Saints Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church (approx. 0.9 miles away); Half Moon (approx. 2 miles away); Herder Half Moon Place (approx. 2.8 miles away); Cuero I Archeological District (approx. 12.1 miles away); Stagecoach Inn (approx. 12.7 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Kaspar Wire Works article in Handbook of Texas Online. (Submitted on June 26, 2016, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas.)
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Kaspar Wire Works Sign and Building image. Click for full size.
By Gregory Walker, September 1, 2012
3. Kaspar Wire Works Sign and Building
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 27, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 26, 2016, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. This page has been viewed 206 times since then and 71 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 26, 2016, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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