Some people might have come across fence post painted in bright purple and wondered why this was the case. Well, certain states have adopted a law that has been around for over 30 decades to keep people off their property.
The purple paint basically signifies a boundary you shouldn’t pass. This law was implemented for people who have large acres of land.
In Texas, as well as a number of other states, a fence post or tree painted purple is a norm. If you’re from those states you probably already know not to go anywhere near the land.
This is because Texas and other states with the purple paint law allow residents and landowners to mark the outskirts of their territory with bright purple spray paint. This is an easier method than building a wall or fence around the property.
Texans and residents of other states with a similar law understand that purple paint means no trespassing. The law was incorporated because of the unpredictable weather patterns.
Climate change is having a massive effect on America’s southern states and ‘No Trespassing’ signs easily get blown away in windstorms. This meant that landowners needed another way to mark the borders of their land.
‘[Purple paint markings in Texas] must be: vertical, at least 8 inches long, at least 1 inch wide. [The] bottom of the mark should be between 3-5 feet above the ground. Markings can be no more than 100 feet apart in timberland. Markings can be no more than 1,000 feet apart on open land, [and] they must be in a place visible by those approaching the property.’
Central Texas Geocachers, American Web Media, January 22, 2018
Any Texan knows that if someone has a wide patch of land, they can’t monitor their property’s borders with so much that they do on a daily basis. Landowners probably wouldn’t even notice a single ‘No Trespassing’ sign if it went missing in the first place.
So the purple paint law allows landowners to spray it and forget it. Besides alerting any passerby that the land beyond belongs to someone, the purple mark is also known as the ‘No Hunting Purple.’
It signifies to hunters that the property belongs to an individual and to stay clear. The law helps keep people out of their properties and keep people safe from stray bullets.
The Purple paint law is not new though as Arkansas first created this law back in 1987.
So if you’ve accidentally wandered beyond a purple painted fence or gate, you’ve actually broken the law. Here is the list of states that utilize this law: Texas, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina, Maine, Florida, Idaho, Arkansas, Montana, Arizona, and Kansas.