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Next Time You See A Purple Fence, Turn Around And Leave Immediately.

26 November 2018

Most of us have gone exploring the local woods (or any other wild area for that matter) at one point or another. It’s something kids do. They’re curious, so they go exploring.
But not many kids, or their parents, are familiar with purple fences or fence posts. And ignoring these purple warnings could lead to you risking your life due to ignorance.

No trespassing whatsoever

This particular color is usually painted over fence posts, rocks or trees. It marks the place where someone’s property begins or, depending on its position, ends.

It’s known as territory marking

Believe it or not, this color is official in the state of Texas. Landowners are obliged to mark the boundaries of their land.

The laws of Texas (which isn’t the only state to implement this)

According to the Texas Law HB 793 – under the Texas Penal Code 30.05; Criminal Trespass, section 1, subsection D. Landowners are obliged by law to use purple color in the following manner:

All markings used MUST be vertically propped; at least eight inches long with an inch in thickness; the bottom should be at least three to five feet off the ground.

Purple markings can’t have a distance of 100 feet in timberland; they can’t have a distance of 1000 feet on open land, and they must be visible by anyone who’s approaching the property.

Purple color = no trespassing

Considering that there are laws on height, thickness, and location of the color, you will rarely see an actual sign as displayed in the first photo.

You must be wondering – why this color?

As it turns out, this color was chosen because it can blend in with its surroundings, unlike bright red or orange. You’d think that the latter two are more suiting choice, but there’s another reason behind it.

The purple color is chosen because colorblind people can see it as well. They will only see it a bit darker and more visible, which, as it turns out, is a good thing for them.

Texas is not the only state to use this method of marking properties

Soon after Texas started implementing this, Arkansas, Kansas, Maine, Florida, Missouri, North Carolina, and Illinois followed. They all use purple color to mark territory. Arizona, Montana, and Idaho use orange.

The history behind the law

This law dates all the way to 1989 Arkansas when it became known as the “Purple Paint Law”. The law helped landowners mark the boundaries of their land, and, as far as the law is concerned, it’s legally equal to a “no trespassing” sign/

It’s best away to stay from these type of markings

So next time you’re out and about, bear in mind that you might come across purple markings. If you do, stay clear if you don’t want to deal with an angry owner who clearly doesn’t want anyone trespassing on his land.

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