Old concrete fence posts dot the Midwest

A 1915 Purdue University guide to concrete fence posts

Take a drive on most any rural Indiana road or some other Midwest states and it won’t be long until you spot some rather massive concrete pillars apparently serving no purpose. These are in fact old, now abandoned concrete fence posts. Decades and decades ago almost all farmsteads raised livestock, including work horses, thus strong “cattle and horse tight” fencing was an absolute necessity.

Constructing livestock fencing that is functional and remains functional year after year is a skill that farmers and ranchers had. One of the important parts of a good fence is the end post and/or corner posts. These posts anchor the wire fence that stretches along the length of the particular fence line. If the end and corner posts do not hold, the fence wire will sag and livestock will get out, causing quite the kerfuffle.

Remnants of fence wire is still wrapped around this post

This post had white wash and weeds clipped









Old concrete fence posts can be seen alongside many roads in the country. Sometimes you can tell from the locations of these relics coupled with the position of mature trees where once stood an old house and barn yard. Some will be painted, others will be nearly covered with weed and bush growth. They do stand as a reminder of the days when all farm families raised livestock as a part of their livelihood.

This is the link to the 1915 pamphlet pictured above.




13 thoughts on “Old concrete fence posts dot the Midwest

    • It is fun seeing them and figuring out where the homesteads and original property and field lines were. So so many fence rows are now gone. And without the fence rows, the population of rabbits and Bobwhite quail is greatly reduced from what it used to be. The 80 acre farms have all gone, nowadays a 3000 acre Indiana row crop farm is considered small.

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