Mr. Glidden’s Third Patent

Joseph Glidden could have invented almost anything. With one patent under his belt, his direction wasn’t necessarily fixed. So how did Joseph Glidden’s invention of barbed wire come about?   He made a conscious decision to focus on barbed wire. A couple of factors led to this route: his wife’s insistence, the inspiration of a […]

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A Percheron Machine

The Glidden brick barn is the site of many different kinds of work and an array of usage over time. Examining Uses When Joseph Glidden built the barn around 1870, he hadn’t yet invented barbed wire. But he was a well-established and prominent planter living on a farm almost a mile outside of town. The design […]

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