Five Facts on Fencing
- Here’s one of Five Fencing Facts On Fencing I bet you didn’t know! The world’s largest fence was built in 1859 and goes by the name of “Dingo” stretching an impressive 3,437 miles and standing at a daunting six feet tall. Intended to protect the farms of Australia from wild dogs and rabbits, with yearly maintenance costs estimated at around $10,000,000. It has been officially recognized by Guinness World Records as the longest fence ever built, and is now a part of Australia’s cultural fabric. Constructed from timber posts and wire mesh fences, it spans five states and two territories – New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia – spanning an area nearly twice the size of Germany.
2. Americans began building picket fences in the colonial era around the 1800’s according to Michael Dolan Smithsonian Magazine some Property owners decided to paint them white. Manufacturing improved the quality of pickets and cut their prices, making this fencing quite popular during the 1800s.
3. Most modern fences consist of aluminum, wood or vinyl. However, some creative individuals have constructed barriers made of very interesting, unusually unique materials. Internet searches reveal pictures of fencing created from old surf boards, bicycles and wheels. Someone else walled off an area by planting numerous surfboards in the ground!
4. Fences were designed to replace moats a fence is not supposed to act like a wall, which provides structure and support. Instead, it is supposed to provide a clear boundary of property lines. The Greeks were the first to use a fence in territories that were being conquered. Since it wasn’t practical to spend vast amounts of resources building a permanent wall, boundaries were often marked by digging a moat until it was decided that fences were a better marker that took little effort to build!
5. Before Fencing, Livestock Roamed Free For thousands of years, the men and women who raised and protected sheep and herds of cattle and goats lived a very nomadic life. These herds were not prevented from moving from place to place and so when the animals moved, so did the people. When it was realized that fences could be used to keep animals from wandering, early farms were established and a new way of life was discovered.