1863—Michael Kelly develops a fencing material with points attached to twisted strands of wire.
1867—Lucien B. Smith of Kent, Ohio, receives the first patent.
1874—Joseph Glidden and Isaac Ellwood start The Barb Fence Company and develop machinery to mass-produce the product.
From the newspapers
- Barbed Wire Fence, River Press, November 03, 1880, p. 2
- Town Talk, Helena Weekly Herald, November 18, 1880, p. 8
- To the Farmers of Montana, River Press, April 20, 1881, p. 1
- Barbed Wire Fences Again, Rocky Mountain Husbandman, January 04, 1883, p. 1
- Barbed Wire Fence Defended, Rocky Mountain Husbandman, April 17, 1884, p. 1
- Millions in Barbed Wire, Daily Yellowstone Journal, November 10, 1891, p. 2.
- Origin of Barbed Wire, River Press, July 03, 1907, p. 2.
- Fence Prevents Wolves From Devouring Sheep, Ekalaka Eagle, November 11, 1910, p. 6
- Peace is Cheap, Ronan Pioneer, June 11, 1915, p. 3
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Written by Catherine W. Ockey