Feudin’ and Fightin’ Friday: Fence Cutting War (Don’t Fence Me Out)

barbed-wire-fenceThe first use of barbed wire in Texas occurred in 1857 when immigrant John Grinninger ran homemade barbed wire along the top of fencing around his garden.  The first United States Patent for barbed wire was issued in 1867.

Barbed wire began to be mass-produced after another patent was granted to Joseph Farwell Glidden of Illinois.  Prime range land consisted of treeless stretches of prairie.  Without significant supplies of timber to build fences, barbed wire became more popular as cattle ranchers sought effective means to control access to their land.

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  1. Is the line drawing of longhorns behind t barbed wire fence copyrighted?

    • That I’m not sure of. I’m in the process of digitizing the web site and for articles I may use in the new magazine format I am attempting to diligently determine ownership of images and receive permission where needed. I have misplaced my original sources for this article and I’m not finding it anywhere online with a source. If I’m unable to find the origins of the drawing I will not use it for future publication and even the little clipping on the Digging History blog will eventually be taken down. I’m finding when possible it’s much easier to use images in the public domain (and of course cited as such). Were you hoping to use the image?



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