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Gainesville in Cooke County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Barbed Wire in Cooke County

 
 
Barbed Wire in Cooke County Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 21, 2016
1. Barbed Wire in Cooke County Marker
Inscription. The development of barbed wire fencing had a revolutionary impact on the economy and settlement pattern in Texas. In 1874, Joseph Glidden of Illinois received a patent for his barbed wire. By 1875, Henry B. Sanborn had come to North Texas as Glidden's barbed wire salesman. Cleaves & Fletcher Hardware, once located at this site, and other Gainesville businesses began to stock Glidden's Barbed Wire as it came into demand by Texas ranchers. Sanborn's 1875 transaction with Cleaves & Fletcher may represent the earliest sale of two-stranded modern barbed wire in Texas.
Texas Sesquicentennial 1836-1986

 
Erected 1986 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 301.)
 
Location. 33° 37.45′ N, 97° 8.675′ W. Marker is in Gainesville, Texas, in Cooke County. Marker is at the intersection of East California Street (State Highway 51) and South Rusk Street, on the left when traveling west on East California Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 East California Street, Gainesville TX 76240, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cooke County Courthouse (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Old California Trail
Barbed Wire in Cooke County Marker at corner near bank. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 21, 2016
2. Barbed Wire in Cooke County Marker at corner near bank.
(about 400 feet away); Santa Fe Passenger Depot (approx. mile away); Gainesville-Fort Sill Road (approx. mile away); The Great Hanging at Gainesville, 1862 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Gainesville Community Circus (approx. 0.4 miles away); American Paint Horse Association (approx. half a mile away); Cooke County C.S.A. / 2nd Frontier Regiment (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gainesville.
 
Also see . . .  Texas Historical Association article on Barbed Wire in Texas. (Submitted on August 11, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
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Joseph Glidden, Inventor of Barbed Wire image. Click for full size.
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3. Joseph Glidden, Inventor of Barbed Wire
Portrait in Prairie Farmer magazine, 1884
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 11, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 11, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 178 times since then and 59 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 11, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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