Barbed Wire Sites Bus Tour Sunday


barbedwirebustourThe annual barbed wire sites bus tour will take visitors to locations associated with barbed wire baron Jacob Haish at 11 a.m. or 2p.m. this Sunday, November 2nd, 2014. The event is sponsored by the Joseph F. Glidden Homestead and Welcome Center. Seating is limited, and tickets are $15 for the general public, $12 for homestead members.

Local historian Steve Bigolin and Haish descendant Jeff Marshall will narrate the tours. Stops include the DeKalb Masonic Temple, the Fairview Cemetery burial site, the Jacob Haish furniture exhibit at the Ellwood House Visitor Center and a display of Marshall’s personal collection of tools on display at the Glidden Homestead, which will be open for tours, also.

Drive-by narrations include assorted historic buildings and former locations of homes and businesses. Haish is one of the three men known as DeKalb’s barbed wire barons; the other two are Joseph Glidden and Isaac Ellwood. Glidden and Ellwood joined forces against Haish and won an 18-year battle to secure the patent for barbed wire. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of Glidden’s patent in 1892. Haish also donated $150,000 to establish the community library, and joined forces with his rivals to have Northern Illinois State Normal School located in DeKalb. Although Glidden’s barbed wire remains in use today, the Jacob Haish Manufacturing Co. was one of the largest manufacturers of barbed wire.

To register for the tour or for more information, call the Glidden Homestead at 815- 756-7904 or email Also this Sunday, Nov. 2nd, is the Glidden Patent Day Celebration from 12:00 – 4pm at the Glidden Homestead.  Patent Day Celebration commemorates Joseph Glidden’s barbed wire patent of “The Winner,” November 24, 1874, with special displays, guided tours of the 1861 home, and  blacksmith demonstrations in the Phineas Vaughan Blacksmith Shop. Visit their website to learn more:

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