If you see purple paint on a fence — PAY attention

Here's what it means
November 11, 2017 11:44 am Last Updated: November 14, 2017 3:33 pm

How do you know when you are not allowed to enter a certain area? Most of time, there are signs that tell you not to enter. “No Trespassing” signs are used to inform people that they cannot pass a certain area.

Texas is not like most places that use signs to keep people away.

If you are ever visiting the countryside in Texas, you might have seen fences and trees painted purple.

The purple spray is not for decoration, nor is it graffiti, it’s to tell people to keep out. The purple spray holds the same significance as the actual sign that reads “No Trespassing.”

“It holds the same weight and the same law violations apply,” said Prairie View A&M Extension Agent Ashley Pellerin to KETX News. “It’s no trespassing period.”

The purple spray is beneficial for landowners.


Jonathan Kennedy, owner of EastTexasLands.com, explained to KETK News that the use of the spray was to save landowners from having to continue to replace signs. The spray is easier.

“The reason the Texas legislature did that is they were trying to keep landowners from constantly having to replace signs,” said Kennedy.

“In Texas as we know, people like to take target practice at signs, so they are having to replace them frequently.”

The law says the vertical purple markings must be clearly visible, and should be 8 inches long by 1 inch wide.

Out of all colors, why the color purple?

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Former state forester Ed Waddell was appointed by lawmakers to choose a color that did not have a meaning to the forest industry. He explained to the Chicago Tribune that he was left with just a handful of colors to choose from, but purple seemed to stick out the most among the trees.

Pellerin believes that the color purple was used because those who are colorblind can still see it.

“The no trespassing purple, a lot of people who are color blind, they can actually see the color purple so I believe that’s why it was chosen,” Pellerin told KETK News.

“I see it a lot,” said one color-blind Palestine resident. “I can still see that color because it is very dark and definitely purple.”