Monday, October 4, 2010
I pass this cow pasture with its barbed wire and posts quite a few times in my travels. Interesting stuff. This type of fencing has been around since 1867 when it was patented by Lucien B. Smith of Ohio. Most often, it is used to contain cattle, but it has a history of being used during trench warfare in various wars, and rolls of it can be found atop fencing surrounding prisons. I do have a historical connection to it, that does not involve cattle or prison life. The gang and I came across it on a horse farm and just wondered if we could scale it undamaged. The results were not pretty. One of us, I can't remember who, ended up hanging, caught upside down for a bit. It was kind of funny though, seeing him running around the pasture in his underwear. Leaving his pants hangin' was the only way he could free himself from the wicked wire. Funny memory!