News is spreading about the significance of the color purple in states like Texas (video below).
If you’ve ever stumbled upon trees or fence posts with markings of purple in the state of Texas, just know that it isn’t graffiti. It means no trespassing.
The purple paint rule started out in Arkansas in 1989, KETK reported. It was utilized as a way for property owners to notify the public of private land. Texas adopted the legislation in 1997.
“It holds the same weight and the same law violations apply,” Prairie View A&M Extension Agent Ashley Pellerin told KETK. “It's no trespassing period.”
“The reason the Texas legislature did that is they were trying to keep landowners from constantly having to replace signs,” Jonathan Kennedy, owner of EastTexasLands.com, explained. “In Texas as we know, people like to take target practice at signs so they are having to replace them frequently.”
Kennedy added that landowners were also required to put up a sign explaining what the purple paint meant.
“The funny part to me is that rule expired one year later,” he said. “Fast forward to now and still a lot of people don't know what it means but it is still a law.”
The news station spoke with several local residents and confirmed that not many people know about the legislation.
“To me the color purple means a movie,” one resident said. “That's the only thing I know that's the color purple.”
According to law, the purple marks must be vertical lines at least eight inches long and one inch wide, placed between three and five feet from the ground. The paint must also be clear and visible.
“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 explained.
Other states that use the color purple include Kansas and Missouri. At least 10 other states use colors ranging from orange to lime green.
“People hunting or fishing without the landowner's consent is a common issue,” Texas Game Warden Brad Clark added. “Often they ignore posted signs and purple paint.”