Is All Barbed Wire the Same?

Is All Barbed Wire the Same? (HMW01)

Location: Beatrice, NE 68310 Gage County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 17.113', W 96° 49.618'

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Barbed wire proved invaluable for marking boundaries on the open prairie. Soon after its invention in 1874 there were over 570 different patents and thousands of variations. You can examine dozens of them on the fence nearby.

Why so many? Early inventors tried to improve the basic idea, most notably Joseph F. Glidden's 1874 innovation of a simple barb on a strong, double-stranded wire. Later entrepreneurs tried to cash in on barbed wire's potential. Those versions that could be produced more efficiently, and sold more cheaply, succeeded.
HM NumberHMW01
Placed ByNational Park Service
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Date Added Monday, September 1st, 2014 at 2:24pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14T E 684722 N 4461679
Decimal Degrees40.28521667, -96.82696667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 17.113', W 96° 49.618'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 17' 6.78" N, 96° 49' 37.08" W
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Area Code(s)402
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100 Pioneer Dr, Beatrice NE 68310, US
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