Heading six miles southwest along Texas 39 from Hunt, travelers encounter a barbed-wire fence with wooden posts capped by upside-down cowboy boots and other footwear. Most of the boots run along a roughly eighth-of-a-mile section on the west side, but a few pop up along the fence on the east side. Country lore holds that folks would put their boots on a fence to prevent rain from rotting the posts, honor the passing of a person or horse, or (before telephones) indicate that a rancher is home.
Photos by: Laurence Parent
Published: July 30, 2015 at 1:31 pm
Written by Art Williams, Photographs by Laurence Parent | From the August 2015 issue | Updated: July 30, 2015 | Filed Under: Photo Gallery
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