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The Perfect Fence

Fenced In, Grafton Ghost Town, UT 4-14
Don Graham
Fenced In, Grafton Ghost Town, UT 4-14

 In 1874, a farmer named Joseph Glidden patented what became known as “the perfect fence:” two wires lined with sharp, metal barbs.

In the settling of the West, farmers struggled to protect their livestock from predators — until, that is, the invention of barbed wire. The fencing quickly covered the Western landscape, marking settlements and controlling not only animals, but also people. Our guests today, the writers Lyn Ellen Bennett and Michelle Nijhuis, join us to discuss the history of barbed wire and the notion of removing it.


Airdate: Thursday, Nov. 30, at 9 a.m. and Saturday, Dec. 2, at 11 a.m.

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