If You See A House With Purple Fence, Here’s What It Means
Homeowners across the States love to add personal statements to their home appearance. At the same time, they love to keep up with the current trends and keep their homes as fresh as possible. At the moment, all over the south of the United States, you can see an unusual trend – purple fences. This isn’t a new kind of design, nor its a stunt – purple fences have a story behind them.
In fact, if you are visiting the South you should know what purple fences stand for, otherwise, you could find yourself in a very dangerous situation. This is why everyone should know about the dark meaning behind a purple fence. Read on to find out why people are painting their fences purple.
25. White Picket Fence? Nope
Do you know how the traditional nuclear family looks like? The family has mom and dad, children, a dog, and a beautiful and large house surrounded by a white picket fence. It’s just an ideal nuclear family portrait. In fact, this type of home seems like the ultimate American dream and representation of the United States across the globe.
People expect to see home and family like this across the Staes. However, that’s not the case, especially down in the south of the United States. Southerners have their own reasons why they paint their fences the way they do.
24. The Change That We Are Living
There is no denying that the ‘now’, that we are living in is hard. Adjusting to something new, figuring out how to keep the common sence in something that is so disruptive as unknown is hard.
With so many things happening outside and considering how much time we spend inside our homes today, there are more reasons to keep your home safe from the outside world than ever before. That’s where the core of this story actually lies.
In a state of global panic and mistrust, it’s really hard to know who to trust. There are many risks and misinformation everywhere you go. Moreover, there are doubts in everything that you look at. Fake news, sudden changes, and controversial socio-political events are occurring left and right.
With so many events around it’s logical that people choose to focus on their homes. After all, thats where your heart is – inside your home. But… Are you familiar with the outside risks that follow you all the way home?
22. What Matters Most These Days
Safety comes first, and that’s something that millions of Americans live by. In fact, the entire world knows that no country can beat the USA when it comes to safety measures. Yet, each part of the States has its own ways to keep their homes safe.
Moreover, they have easy-to-follow tips and tricks that can keep your home safe, and on budget. Here is how they do it. After reading this, you will be tempted to try this technique immediately.
21. Goes As Far Back As Anyone Can Remember
People did the most unusual thing throughout history to protect themself. You are probably familiar with the concept of the famous white flag? In war times, it was enough for soldiers to show a piece of white cloth and their lives would be spared – that was a simple way to show the other side that they are surrounding.
So, keeping yourself safe by using non-common methods isn’t a new concept. This need is even biblical in nature. Do you know the story of the Jews in Egypt marking their doorways with lamb’s blood to save themselves from the angel of death in Moses’s story? That’s one of the earliest examples we can think of. Here are others.
20. Falling On Some Chaotic Times
In more recent years, the States has seen a few of its cities descended into utter chaos. Many towns witnissed many protests and demonstrations that went wrong.
When this happens, looting takes place. Some stores end up being protected by a local community watch, while some paint their boarded windows with pleas to be spared the mob’s wrath. Our story isn’t that dramatic, although there have been some deadly outcomes.
19. Southern Landowners Are Taking A Stand
In states like Arkansas, Texas, Kansas, Missouri, North Carolina, and Florida, home and property owners are doing things their way. They are passionate about property protection and it’s common to find the most original solution to keep their homes safe. This is why purple color is so important.
In fact, homeowners in these countries are using purple color to mark their territory. No matter how big the property is or if someone actually lives there or not, purple paint is their go-to method of keeping people away. Aren’t there signs for this and how dangerous this method is?
18. Signs Anyone?
When people want to protect their property, they usually post a sign, saying to stay away. In most states, people just place “no trespassing” signs. It’s easy to set, easy to see, and sends a direct message. However, the main question is: How often do people listen to these signs when they see them?
Shockingly, the truth is that people don’t see signs as often as we believe. This is why the others decided to try a different strategy that can even put some people in life-threatening situations.
17. It’s Been Done Before
The practice of painting purple fences isn’t really a new thing in the south. This unusual practice started in Arkansas, back in 1987. If it lasts for so long, until today, it’s obvious that it’s effective?
Some states even required landowners to set up signs in addition to painting fences. After all, every state has the right to implement their own laws. Let’s talk about one such state now.
16. Let’s Talk About The State Of Texas
Texas was one of the first states that followed in Arkansas’ footsteps. As an expected move, Texas passed a law that had property owners paint their fences purple to mark their property’s perimeter.
This – for many unusual, the law was passed in 1997 and required signs to make the fence more literal. However, this move was helpful only for a bit.
15. Gone Just As Quick
Signs did help people to stay away from someone’s property. In fact, signs helped people who had no idea what purple fences stood for. Could you blame them?
After only a year of its implementation, the stipulation required the use of signs would expire. This was something that really frustrated homeowners.
14. People Just Don’t Like Rules
It all comes down to what we said earlier about “no trespassing signs.” People usually don’t follow these signs, and Texans are no exception. The signs that the landlord originally posted were being taken down by people who came across them.
These actions usually cost them a lot of time, money, and effort to have them replaced regularly. Here is what they did next. Would you do the same?
13. Not That Many People Know About It
With time, the number of people who started using purple to paint the fence only grew. No matter how many people decided to paint those fences purple, people still had no idea why this was a thing.
People have used to ”no trespassing” signs. Landowners should know that people are equally bad at following the color notice. Here is what those who ignored purple markers eventually got.
12. Purple Can Put You Into Some Serious Trouble
Texans take their privacy seriously. Moreover, they take their property extremely seriously. In fact, the penalty of trespassing on private property is a crime classified as a Class B misdemeanor. Basically, this means that the felon can earn some jail time.
Is anything worth your freedom? Not only that you might lose your freedom for up to 180 days, but you should pay up to $2,000 as well. Why is this even such a big issue?
11. Get Some Perspective
If you live in a big city or in a busy area, you may not know that people like to roam freely. People love exploring new areas, and especially the forbidden ones. Some people feel the best when they can roam in the wilderness.
Southern states are known for their one-of-a-kind charm and a fair share of land to explore. These pieces are great for hiking, camping, and even hunting. Still, sometimes people take things a little too far.
10. It’s An Ongoing Problem
Texas Game Warden Brad Clark says that “People hunting or fishing without the landowner’s consent is a common issue” in their state. He continued “Often they ignore posted signs and purple paint.” Why do people love ignoring the obvious?
Can you imagine how frustrating it can be for landowners to continually post the same signs again and again, or have constantly people dropping on their land? Or how devastating it can be to hear shots from people hunting on your property?
9. Keeping Things Together Is Always Costly
Texas property owner and owner of EastTexasLands.com, Jonathan Kennedy, explains that the law passed because it had to be used. In reality, landowners had to use purple paint to keep their budget in order.
It was beyong expensive to keep on replacing signs that keep getting taken down by random folks. However, in the end, it all comes down to safety.
8. You Wouldn’t Want To Do Either Of These
Would you want to get shot by a stray arrow from someone trespassing on your land? If not, then you should respect the signs. Plus, you definitely wouldn’t like to attack some innocent hiker, no?
Or an outdoor enthusiast who has no idea about trespassing, right? In the end, would you like for someone to do something shady on your land? Probably not.
7. It’s A Smart Idea
If you think about it, painting wood with soem purple paint seems logical. The whole idea is pretty ingenious. If you haven’t noticed, property fences are usually made of cement, wood, or some fairly natural-looking material.
As if they were created to blend in. As such they are easy to miss, especially when surrounded by nature’s beauty. So, painting them helps them pop out for sure. But why purple?
6. There’s More To The Color Than You Think
Did you know that purple was the color of gods? In nature, purple is a great contrast to the green and you can easily spot it. Nature itself;f is usually colored with browns, grees, and yellow, which makes purple unique in many ways.
Again… Why purple? It turns out that purple was chosen because people who are color blind can easily spot out the color. There’s more to it than that.
5. There’s A Certain Standard To Follow Too
It’s not enough just to paint something in purple and see it as a done thing. No, there are certain standards to follow. In fact, there is a certain way to paint fences with the color purple.
If you have acres of land and can’t really close off all of it, you should paint sections of your fence to help identify your property line.
4. The Method To The Madness
There is a specific way on how to paint your fence. Purple fences shoudl be painted vertically with lines that are eight inches long and at least one inch wide.
These lines should be placed between three and five feet above ground level so that passers-by can see them with ease. By doing so, you can make your purple marking easier to spot. In some other states, purple fences are even easier to spot.
3. If Not Purple, Then What?
We have mentioned earlier that soem states had copied this purple rule. Many have chosen to use purple and add some rules of their own, while others completely changed the rule.
Simply said, some states have gone different routes. By this, we mean a different color. States like Idaho, Arizona, and Montana are known to prefer orange paint instead.
2. An Industry Approved Color
Wouldn’t orange be the better choice in general? To make the fence pop-out better? However, no. Hunters and hikers wear orange to help spot them out as humans and not a wild beasts.
If you do research you could see splashes of orange on their hats, helmets, and even vests. So, adding a bit of orange has sense. After all, safety is crucial everywhere.
1. You Can Use Either Color
Tiffany Lashmet, Texas A&M University agricultural law specialist, and blogger told the Texas Standard that, Texas’s home state is actually quite flexible when it comes to color.
She also adds that “in Texas, if you did the same thing with orange paint, it would not have the same legal effect.”