Waco and the Wild Wired West: The End of the Chisholm Trail

On this episode:

It’s light as air, stronger than whiskey, and cheap as dirt! Stephen finally gets to talk about his love of…barbed wire. That’s right! Learn about the technological innovation that changed the West and ended the Chisholm Trail. 

Mentioned in the podcast:

The design that ultimately won, the “Glidden Winner.” Here’s an early ad for the fence.

Just where did the Chisholm Trail go? Here’s a map of all the routes cowboys would take. Notice one of the main routes coming straight through Waco.

About the Waco History Podcast

The Waco History Podcast is hosted by Dr. Stephen Sloan. Stephen heads the Oral History Institute at Baylor University. He’s authored several books and created and developed WacoHistory.org, a website and free mobile app for learning more about Waco’s history.

The Waco History Podcast,  telling the known and unknown stories of Waco’s past.


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