McLean, Texas: Devil's Rope Museum - Barbed Wire
All of your questions about Barbed Wire are answered in a museum of history, technology and art! Roadsideamerica.com Report... [08/22/2010]
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Enjoyable stop. Entering the town from the east it seems like a ghost town, but signs of life and business increase west of the Devil's Rope Museum. One small room at the museum is dedicated to the Dust Bowl, with amazing pictures and information. The wire and tools and written descriptions on the displays make it worth the stop. The wire art was well done and interesting.[Alicia Younger, 07/03/2012]
You never knew how much there was to know about barbed wire![Elizabeth, 03/06/2010]
The Devil's Rope Museum claims to be the largest barbed wire museum in the world. It contains exhibits on rare wire, planter wire, decorative wire, war wire, and more. It also houses tools used to make and maintain barbed wire fences, from fence post making to wire repair. Several examples of barbed wire art can be found throughout the museum, and visitors can even purchase framed barbed wire samples labeled with ranch and year at the museum store.
There are also exhibits on ranching, since barbed wire had a such a huge impact on herding cattle. Hundreds of cattle brands classified by time period are on display, as well as the "evolution" of cowboy tools. Profiles of major ranchers and barbed wire developers are also posted.
The museum contains the smaller Texas Route 66 Museum. The room is absolutely stuffed full of Route 66 memorabilia. There are Burma Shave advertisements, postcards, and old souvenirs. It even contains the original Big Texan Steak Ranch cow, an old light-up motel sign, and a faux Greasy Spoon Cafe if you're too nervous to try a real one.[Erin Brocker, 07/04/2006]