WASHINGTON, Nov. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8: BARBED WIRE
Profile America — Thursday, November 8th. A simple device was patented this month in 1868 that helped change the course of history in the American West — barbed wire. Michael Kelly of Dekalb, Illinois invented the first practical such wire. He threaded little blade-shaped metal thorns onto one of two wires, then twisted them together. He called it "thorny fence," based on Osage orange, a thorny plant from Texas. The double strand made the fence stand up to cattle, and livestock soon learned to steer clear of the barbs. Historians say barbed wire influenced life in the region as dramatically as firearms, the telegraph, and the steam locomotive. In the U.S. today, barbed wire is part of the nearly $6 billion a year fabricated wire products industry. Profile America is in its 16th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau