Thursday, January 7, 2016
Texas Ranch Gates
You've seen 'em on tv or on long drives across the country: a big, sprawling ranch surrounded by a pipe fence, and long before you see the house or driveway, you can see the gateposts rising into the sky.
Texans are proud of their ranches, even if they are only a few acres, and often announce their presence with gates, both simple and ornate. I like gate posts; they tell us a lot about the owners even if there are no words. Some are just a couple of tall posts between gates, put there for the purpose of, well, of having no purpose. But others have tall posts with a sign between them. Those are the ones I like.
Some of them have just a simple name sign telling who owns the ranch.
Some of the name sign gate posts are embellished.
A few ranches are so spread out they need a gate for every section.
And some ranches modestly put up one letter instead the their name.
Brands are still popular in Texas, and many ranches identify with their brand.
Many working ranches show their business with their name.
Or some just give an idea what the business is.
This one has the name of the nearest town, Tupelo, Texas.
Then there are the gates that just sound nice or maybe describe a feature on the ranch.
But my favorites, of course, are the ones with a little humor. (The first one says 2nd CHANCE)
Linking to Good Fences at The Run*A*Round Ranch.