Friday, December 9, 2011

Gates aplenty - Part 2

Last week I showed you several ranch gates and fences within the first mile of Run*A*Round Ranch.  Here's a sampling of some of the gates I see continuing along the next 10+ miles into town.  I've skipped several, either because you've seen them already, or they're of the 'plain Jane' variety.  There's a bunch to be seen, so bear with me in this photo tour.

Lots of ranch gates in Texas look like this - simple, functional, but unadorned/unmarked. 

Nothing wrong with that.  Our own gate sports a plain, low-profile look (no, it's not pictured here).

Perhaps the next most popular gate you'll find is one with the Texas Lone Star motif.  These run rampant here.  You'll find metal stars on gates, fences, garages, barns and houses. 



I like 'em, but since I can't claim Texas as my homeland, I don't display one of my own.  Trust me, it's a prideful thing to be a native Texan.  I won't even pretend to be one.

Some folks opt for the initial of the family surname.

Others prefer to spell out the entire last name.

Many gates proclaim the ranch name.
A little hard to read against the sky:  Prairie Lakes Ranch




Okay, enough wordiness.  As you may have noticed in several of the above photos, wagon wheels are also extremely popular on gates.


And, of course, there's always metalwork cut-outs.





As you can see, many folks combine several of these features on their gates.  Gee, if I ever decided to break out of unadorned gatehood, our entrance would have to sport something like 'Run*A*Round Ranch' spelled out in a circular pattern, of course, maybe with a wagon wheel in the center, with a cowboy cut-out leaning against a Texas star while lassoing two initials (my last name is hyphenated, after all...)  No, I think we'll just stick with plain. 

Whew!  Are you as exhausted as I am?  Thanks for taking this little driving tour with me of the gates along the farm-to-market road into town.  Don't worry, I have not exhausted my supply.  There's plenty of other gates and fences in surrounding areas for me to continue linking in to Friday's Fences.

92 comments:

Kerri said...

Very cool!

Jill said...

Very fun and interesting tour!

Clint said...

Texas gates are indeed unique. You can look at a Texas gate and immediately say "That property is in Texas". Me, I'm partial to the Texas star.

Carole Meisenhelter said...

such an assortment; how handy to have the auto' opening (noting the solar panels) versions too. Those cutouts quite ornate and time consuming on some too. Thanks for the grand tour...

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I just love your gate series! :-)

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Great collection of gates!!

Allison said...

Metal cutouts, definitely! I'm thinking up the name of my ranch right now...

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

love this lovely morning tour!

Deb said...

love them...I think I need to get Rooster with his ball in iron put on my gate....

thesedaysofmine.com said...

Those are amazing. We don't have anything like that 'round these parts! Thanks for sharing with us what you see on your way to town.

- Yvonaut -
Das sind Raphael und Yvonne
said...

So nice to see all these fences and gates. Its totally uncommon in Switzerland. If someone has a fence its a really small one and they all look more or less the same!
Have a nice weekend
Yvonne & Raphael

Sandra said...

you have now posted the Ultimate Fence Post, these are all beautiful and I like every one of them. some are more amazing to me than others. i noticed one thing that is common on all the fence gates that you post. they all have the gate but the have the tall piece that goes up and over, even the ones with gates have that over the top piece. do you know why? i see no use for it, a few hang a sign on it, but not all. i see that in all the western movies too.

Melodie said...

Texas gates are a type of art!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Obviously some folks take great pride in those gates. A lot of detail in some of them.

Pix at Under the Oaks said...

Tex I love all your gate shots and this post took some time and effort! Whew is right! I like the first plain unadorned black gate and fence. Plain and simple and sturdy makes a statement too!

Margaret said...

Ha. You would also need a dog and a horse cutouts on that gate of yours! :)

laurak@forestwalkart said...

thanks for the gate trip!!

that's a lot of gates!
my favorite is the last one...kinda subtle...arty...

it would look nice as a smaller version...with more cut-outs in it...for a table top...with candles behind. :)

eileeninmd said...

Wow, cool post and photos on all the gates. I am also partial to the texas star. Have a great weekend!

Donna said...

Great tour and quite a variety!

Kathy said...

I love the Texas star! And you're right about native Texans being prideful. I was gone for almost 50 years and never lost that pride. To this day I get a lump in my throat when I think about Goliad and the Alamo!

Fjällripan said...

So many different gates, fun to see! :) Have a nice weekend.

I also have a question to you...earlier I translated my texts in to english in each post, but it take to much time. So I wonder is it hard to understand with google translate? ( because I know much is being wrong translated with that program...)

parker said...

What a fine showing of gates you have. I think a Run Around Ranch gate would make a wonderful statement to your property!

Karen said...

Love this series!... we don't have stuff like that around here.

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

I was going through them all ready to pick a favorite until I saw the wood tree trunk gate posts and the contest ended there - my favorite. For your gate you could go with "TexWisGirl Ranch". That will really confuse the neighbors or will it?

heyBJK said...

Very cool gates! I do like the Texas star and the one initial versions. Sometimes simpler is the way to go.

bailey-road.com said...

Delightful tour!

bon bon said...

a texas art tour! great series!

looking good in your header, girly! (hugs from your fellow native wisconsinite!) ;o)

Zondra Art said...

Very interesting tour!

Have a nice weekend:)

Chatty Crone said...

I love the Texas Lone Star! Impressive. sandie

missing moments said...

Thanks for that tour!

Faye said...

Fences as self expression? Is that the story in Texas? What a variety, but I noticed most of them have that high arching gate. Why is that? My favorite is the one where the gate is built from some "unskinned" poles.

KAT said...

My Oh My... How wonderfully Texan these are ! very cool. I expect to see John Wayne sauntering out one of them with his horse. I like the one that is just tree trunks that is so cool
- KAT -

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I learned something from your post (whew, that's my one new thing for today done already!)... we first saw those metal stars when we drove through Texas and thought "lone star state" but then we started seeing them in other states on barns and houses and wondered why -- now I am realizing that it must signify that the owner is a native Texan even if for some horrible reason they have had to move out of state. Cool thing to know. I love your gates -- we always notice unique ones as we travel.

Karen said...

Oh, I loved the tour! We don't see anything like that here.

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

I would love to have an iron gate but we don't have an easy spot for one without adding more fencing. Not in the budget right now. I would definitely want some cutouts, I think. There are people at our fair who make iron gate adornments and I love looking at the many choices.

barbara l. hale said...

When we ever get to Texas, I will be on the lookout for exciting and unique gates. That's very cool. It makes me think that while we don't really need a gate, I would sure like to have one.

Unknown said...

nice idea, thanks for sharing...

Jan n Jer said...

Nice series of photos. Some people are so creative with their entrances!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

I love them all. Adorned or unadorned. You can't go wrong with the lone star. I like your idea you came up with for your gate.

wayside wanderer said...

Very cool post, T! What fun to see all that variety. Now I think you should take a road trip and do gates of the different regions of Texas. And then...oh I have an idea....you should PUBLISH A COFFEE TABLE BOOK. I'd buy it. =D

The other thing I like about the gates you posted are the roads leading past them to "home". I am partial to the densely tree lined roads, but I like them all.

Dawn said...

Neat. I like the star best. (And your idea would work too;)

Leenie said...

Good fences and such creative gates make good neighbors. At least you can just drive BY them and don't have to stop-getout-open-getin-gothrough-getout-close-getin-go-on too often.

Marissa @Life On Our Side Of The Mountain said...

Love the gate tour! The Stars have it in my opinion! :)

Flora said...

Love those Texas gates! And thanks for directing me to JanandJer!

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Texwisgirl, Yes Texans are quite justified in being proud of the history involved with the former Republic of Texas. When I lived there in the early 1990's it was the same. I love the variety of ranch gate decor. Have a super nice day and a pleasant weekend!

Francisca said...

Interesting variations on the ranch gate theme. But all unmistakably Texan. Cool series.

Lois Evensen said...

What fun! Nice selection. We loved driving in TX and seeing all of this. We used to sail out of Galveston and drove to and from the port.

Mom of M&Ms said...

what a fabulous tour of gates.. my favorite one in our county has a JP on it..great ranch, great family...

Coming to kaufman on the 22nd, I have a delivery at Genesis.. can I still buy that milk can?

ellen abbott said...

Loved this little tour. and as a native Texan for several generations back I'd have to say I agree with you on that whole 'prideful thing' though I try not to brag about it too much.

Woody said...

Texan's have an enormous amount of pride and it can be downright infections. This is an amazing collection of gates!

Susan said...

Wow, love the gates. So individual and portrays their owners. Some of those I'd love to go thru and see their land. Beautiful Theresa!

Robin said...

T, great gates!

R.Ramakrishnan said...

What an unusual but amazing tour of ranch gates - an astonishing range of designs.

Andrew said...

What a wonderful tour of your local countryside...South Fork springs to mind..
I think it's lovely that they make the effort to make the entrances to their properties unique.

Pricilla said...

We don't have a gate but we ARE the Happy Goats Farm

Kerry said...

Fences galore! But Dream Lake Ski Ranch? Would that be water skiing? Is there still a lake there after the summer of 2011? Oh, right, it could just be a dream...

gtyyup said...

It's true...they do everything BIG in Texas ;~)

Paula said...

Those are wonderful! Some of them you can tell have been there a LONG time...
And I'm lovin' your new header picture! Look at you, pretty lady!
:)

Sylvia K said...

Love your gates, great captures as always. As you know, I'm originally from Texas, but it's not something I talk about/claim. If asked I try to act like I have loose dentures and can't talk. Enjoy your day!!

Sylvia

SweetMarie said...

So many unique gates! My son would like the one with the "K" since his name is Kyle. LOL
I was wondering the same thing that Sandra asked about. What is the tall thing that goes up and over for?

Abe Lincoln said...

Wonderful welding and metal shaping on some of those gates.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Theresa, I love seeing ALL of those fancy/unique/special gates... Love seeing the star and the wagon wheel... BUT--even the initials or names make a great gate..

Thanks for sharing...
Hugs,
Betsy

Bob Bushell said...

Good photos down old Texas way.

CameraCruise said...

Great collection of gates!
Thanks for sharing.
Have a great weekend.

Ellie said...

Wow what a great tour - I love all the gates they are all very impressive looking. Thanks for taking me along.

Diane AZ said...

I really enjoyed seeing all those gates. The wheels and metal cutouts are fun. Stars are a popular motif in the New England area too. I'm not sure what they call them, probably not Texas Lone Star. Great pictures!

Rita said...

Love your gate tours!
That windmill cutout is much more intricate than I would have ever expected with metal.
Up here all we have are rural mailboxes that people paint and adorn and decorate. ;)

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Michaele said...

Wow that is quite a collection. You know that star is all over here too. But don't dare tell them it is the Texas star. And I know what you mean about being native. I could live here the rest of my life, but I will always be an outsider.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

I was cracking up at your final words...what a gate that would be...oh my, you would have it all. These gates are so fun to view and it truly is a mark of a families personality, and their way of telling the first story of their land. Have a sweet weekend~

Inger-M said...

Great collection of gates!

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Montanagirl said...

Love these! Great series.

A Quiet Corner said...

Holy Cow...or should I say cattle? You've got tons of ranches all within miles...:)JP

Lorilee said...

I love gates, all kinds, from garden to ranch gates! My Dad just put in a new automaitc gate. I don't think I have a photo of it yet! It has his cattle brand in the middle, which is a rocking HI and Texas A & M on the corners.
Blessings,
Lorilee

edenhills said...

I love some of those adornments. I personally would like to have a gate with Eden Hills over it. Of course, it would have to have a cut out of a goat or two. :-)

Paula said...

Like your collection of gates. My favorite around here is shaped like The Alamo and the one that mkes me laugh is The Costa Plenty Ranch gate and the one that makes me wonder is the one with the name large and in gold. Then he was caught stealing from the company he was partnering in.

latebloomerbuds said...

I am partial to the jazzy variety even though I am more of a simple design type gal. Hmmm. Margie

Debbie said...

they sure do it big in texas!!

many, many thanks for your kind and supportive emails. you are such a kind soul and a dear blogger friend!!

i will reply to your email in the morning. xo

Randy said...

These are awesome. I love your neighborhood.

BlueShell said...

Oh...nice pictures;
If I had a ranch of my own...(I have not)the gete would have My name on it( the last name): MARTINS!
I Think it would be nice....LOL
(just to teese you: it's rainning a lot here...)

Have a nice week end.
Thank you!

BShell

Ricardo Miñana said...

Muy bonitas las fotos, tienes un precioso espacio.
feliz fin de semana.
un abrazo.

Stevie Taylor said...

We had the kind of gate with a long cedar post running over the top. Until we had a huge dump truck that delivered a load of sawdust for the barn. And took the top cedar post down on it's way in. Should have thought that through a little more....
Stevie@ ruffledfeathersandspilledmilk.com

pattisjarrett said...

You may never run out of material for your blog, just depends on how far you're willing to drive to snap fences and barns! I always enjoy your scenery.

georgettesullins said...

I'll never get tired of the Star of Texas.

Marco Alpha said...

Hello Theresa,
Wonderful all these shots. Nice to see all these gates in also beautiful landscapes. Normally I only see it in movies.

Greetings, Marco

Snapper II said...

I love those Gates.But don't fence me in. LOL

Angela said...

I'm loving all the gates girl! Does everyone have gates or is it just the homes that are more in the country?

Rose said...

No, I am not exhausted at all...I have really, really loved these!

Liz said...

Just like in the movies!! I love the Lone Star!! :)

Saun said...

Thanks for taking us along on your drive. Very interesting :)

Lauren Scheuer said...

What a fun post --- a "gate-post" ! :)

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