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McLean, Texas: Devil's Rope Museum: Barbed Wire Team Field Report

100 Kingsley St., McLean, TX
Just off I-40 on Old Route 66 (I-40 Business) on the east side of MacLean, TX. Visible from the road when heading west through town on Old Route 66.
Mar-Nov M-F 9-5, Sa 10-4, Dec-Feb - closed. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Devil's Rope Museum.

Devil's Rope Museum: Barbed Wire

All of your questions about Barbed Wire are answered in a museum of history, technology and art. See a barbed wire bra and other oddities. Report... [08/22/2010]

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Armadillo made from barbed wire.

Devil's Rope Museum - Barbed Wire

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]

Barbed Wire in the Devil's Rope Museum.

Devil's Rope Museum - Barbed Wire

You never knew how much there was to know about barbed wire!

[Elizabeth, 03/06/2010]

Barb Wire Jackrabbit.

Devil's Rope (Barbed Wire) Museum

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.

Route 66 exhibit.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]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Texas Route 66 MuseumTexas Route 66 Museum, McLean, TX - < 1 mi.
Restored 1929 Route 66 Gas StationRestored 1929 Route 66 Gas Station, McLean, TX - < 1 mi.
Route 66-Themed Rest AreaRoute 66-Themed Rest Area, Clarendon, TX - 14 mi.
In the region:
One Room Jail and Class of '38 Memorial, Texola, OK - 34 mi.

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