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But the recognized winner was Joseph Glidden's design for a simple wire barb locked onto a double-strand wire. Military usage of barbed wire formally dates to 1888, when British military manuals first encouraged its use.
During the Spanish-American War, Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Riders chose to defend their camps with the help of barbed fencing.
The new fencing changed the West from vast and undefined prairies/plains to a land of farming, and widespread settlement.
Michael Kelly made a significant improvement to wire fencing, he twisted two wires together to form a cable for barbs - the first of its kind.
Shelves are partially visible on the left side of the photo. This photograph is part of the collection entitled: Marfa, Diversity in the Desert and was provided by Marfa Public Library to The Portal to Texas History, a digital repository hosted by the UNT Libraries.
The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "[William Franklin Mitchell] was the first man to string barbed wire in the Big Bend, where he fenced three sections as a holding trap at his Antelope Springs ranch in 1886. It has been viewed 553 times, with 4 in the last month.
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“When barbed wire was put up, it cut off the routes of the trail drivers.“There was a lot of resentment to barbed wire when it first came out,” says Harold L. The ranchers sent out special crews to cut the fences and burn the posts, whatever was necessary.