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.

13 comments:

Sandee said...

Well that was fun. I love Texas. Hubby has never been to the Alamo or the River walk, so we're going to do that in the near future. Texas rocks and I love the ranch signs.

Have a fabulous day. ☺

TexWisGirl said...

definitely some good ones! my favorite, i think, was the one with little wagon wheels in the top corners. that's always a classic design feature. :)

carol l mckenna said...

Wow! That sounds like Texas ~ beautiful designs and a bit of humor with fence gates ~ Wonderful photos!

Wishing you a Happy Week ~ ^_^

Julie @ followyourheartwoodworking said...

I've seen a lot of ranch signs on our drives across the U. S. My favorites are the large wood ones.

Ida said...

This was fun! So many great gates and ranch entrances. I enjoyed them all.

Felicia said...

a wonderful selection of ranch gates and most are downright purty.

Margaret Adamson said...

A fabulous variety of fence entrances. Like B Lazy Ranch

Kate said...

There's more of the same in Oklahoma. You've got some fun photos there.

allthingzsewn said...

That makes me want to name our place. While it not a rance it is a farm of sorts with 30 acres. How about "God's Little Acre"? 8-).
Really did like the gates though.
Are you on a ranch? And did you name it?

Tired Teacher said...

Love this series of photos.

kathy r said...

My favorite is, hard times ranch. That's cute.
Kathleen Mary
Kathysnest32.wordpress.com

Stephanie Faris said...

They love their ranches, don't they? I'm writing a book set on a ranch and these photos inspired me!

Wilbert Bowers said...

Ride em cowboy! Beautiful photos of ranch gates. I never thought how a well done ranch gate can really amplify a ranch. My late grandfather owned a ranch in Texas and I have memories of visiting him on the ranch, but I don't recall a detailed and sharp ranch gate there like some of your photos.

Wilbert Bowers @ Mirr Ranch Group