Please Latch the Gate

For many years the front gates were regularly locked. This is the first I’ve ever seen of this sign, though. It think the picture was taken in about 1917:

Latch the Gate 1917 Knapp

Just for a refresher, here’s what was on the other side of the gate in this era:

Aerial west view 1920

I wonder if they wanted them latched so they wouldn’t swing around, because it doesn’t seem like it would provide much in the way of security.

Bonus: I’m in New York for a meeting. It’s been very foggy. Pretty cool looking.


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5 Responses to Please Latch the Gate

  1. Deborah Gronke Bennett says:

    When I was at Rice in the seventies, the University closed all the gates once a year, sometime during the summer (maybe on July 4?). I was told this was done to establish that the grounds were private property. Do they still do that?

  2. Pat Campbell says:

    It may be that the request on the gate was an attempt to keep the livestock in – mules come to mind. Mules on Main Street would now be a major distraction – at the time they were an accepted part of traffic – but unattended a concern.

  3. Grungy says:

    They had the street gates locked recently, for either Christmas or New Year’s.
    Yes, it’s to maintain the private status of the streets on campus.

  4. Grungy says:

    800 5th Ave?

  5. mjthannisch says:

    I too would go for keeping livestock out. I for one remember cattle where the Astrodome is, so I can imagine stock could have been a problem.

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