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Monday, October 15, 2012


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Billy Jones

Don't know if you've ever been to the Red River area or not but out there are miles and miles of Osage Orange trees growing in straight rows and used as fence posts strung with barbed wire. Turns out, people didn't know it at first, but if you cut a fence post from a green piece of Osage Orange wood and pound it into the ground it sometimes grows a new tree.

And so it was, the pioneers built their fences from the only wood that was plentiful only to have them sprout the next year. The first time I saw it I thought it odd that so many trees grew in such straight lines and horrible that people would string barbed wire to live trees. Little did I know.


Billy, Your comment today brought a smile my face. I can just imagine those fence-posts taking root and sprouting new trees! You and Jane Mitchell (retired UNCG professor) are two locals we can count on to enhance what we write! 

Janis (and David)

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