Barbed Wire Manufacturing 1837-1938
The marker is located in DeKalb, in front of the Glidden Home at 931 West Lincoln Highway (IL Route 38).
The Illinois State Historical Society
This house, built in 1861, was the home of Joseph Glidden, who in 1873 invented barbed wire fencing. With Phineas W. Vaughn he perfected a machine to manufacture it. DeKalb was the home of
Isaac L. Ellwood and Jacob Haish, also manufacturers of barbed wire. Haish developed the S-barb. DeKalb became the manufacturing center for barbed wire, significant in the development of the west.
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