Another interesting term is "portagee gate". I came across this one while working in Northern Nevada when I ran into an old Portuguese sheep herder in the middle of nowhere, literally. He talked my ear off and fed me about a pot of range coffee. I was picking his brain about the best way to get around the country there and he kept telling me to follow this 2-track and that 2-track and go through 2 portagee gates then veer right and go through another portagee gate. I finally had to admit my ignorance and ask him what a portagee gate was and he pointed to a wire gate next to his wagon. Portagee gate = Wire gate.
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Click on this link and learn something boys, LOL! I'm surprised you western folk haven't heard of that name. The link uses some big words, but there are pictures for you to look at showing what I was talking about that makes it a lot easier to open and close one. Click on the first image and it will enlarge and then you can follow through to look at the rest of the pictures. It's really a very simple, slick way to make that type of gate much easier to use.
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I'm in Southern IL and have grown up around cattle. We call them cattle guards around here. Also, I've heard the wire gates (which we have several) referred to as cowboy gates.
I thought auto gate was a Nebraska/Eastern thing until Hilltop said he didn't know what they were. What is a Powder River gate or do I not want to know?
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