What Is Bob Wire?


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Bob wire is a variation of the name for barbed wire, a steel fencing material that made it possible to fence the Great Plains of the United States. The wire is twisted with periodic barbs that inflict pain on humans or animals that attempt to cross the fence.

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Barbed wire offered an economical way to create pens capable of holding cattle in place. It was useful in areas where wood was so scarce that settlers often lived in homes they made with sod. The use of this wire led to fence range wars in the 1800s. In 1888, the British began using this wire in warfare. In 2014, the wire finds uses in protecting construction sites, maintaining prisons and on farms.

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