The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 51, July 1947 - April, 1948 Page: 15
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The Fence-Cutters 15
year the chief salesman, John W. Gates, was being called "Betcha-
a-Million" Gates. Settlers pushed westward and soon were fol-
lowed by windmills, water tanks, and higher grades of livestock.
The barbed-wire fence, despite the inequities and temporary
hardships it brought to some, was a badge of permanent settle-
ment. It halted the almost nomadic grazing practices that had
prevailed since Spaniards introduced the first cattle and sheep;
and it played a major role in the taming of the western plains,
a task in which the fence-cutters were only a momentary impedi-
ment. It opened the plains to homesteading, encouraged im-
provement of the land, and gave rise to thriving cities on what
had been a few decades earlier the range of the buffalo.
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