Kyle Beeton’s 1999 interview with Joe Thomas describes Joe’s “livestock business.” I find this interview interesting particularly because it discusses the abundance of resources near Carlisle in 1999. When Kyle asks Joe where he buys his bulls from, Joe notes that he buys “90% of the cows…and cattle…out of Cumberland County.” Although Joe states that he previously bought cows and cattle from Virginia, he comments that the cost of fuel makes it economically impractical to buy from Virginia. The importance and success of the livestock business near and in Carlisle is another important element of Carlisle’s history.


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