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My grandparents had a structure at the last cattle guard before their ranch house from which a sign with the name of their ranch hung.

It was two vertical poles, with a horizontal crossbeam, I guess it would be called, from which the sign hung.

What is that contraption/structure called? "They had a sign with the name of their ranch, the Walking S, hanging from ..."

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    All I've found is 'ranch entrance signs'. The signs themselves are 'hanging signs' (but this is a blanket term, covering signs hanging from brackets, as pub signs usually do). Nov 29 '21 at 12:33
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    Misreading "cattle" as "castle" made the question seem much more impressive
    – Chris H
    Nov 30 '21 at 16:47
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    Generically, it could be called a frame, but a border around the sign could also be called a frame, so I don't think that's a good answer or what you're looking for. Nov 30 '21 at 23:36
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The wooden ones in these pictures are described as (ranch) arches, archways, entrances and gates, even when there is no moveable gate to close off the entrance. Most of them in the illustrations display the place name.

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I'd go for...

gantry (Collins Dictionary)
A gantry is a high metal structure that supports a set of road signs, railway signals, or other equipment.


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The fact that that particular definition says a metal structure isn't significant to me. Functionally it's the same thing if it's made of wood.

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    If you take off "gantry" from your search string ("ranch entry" or "ranch entrance"), you get similar pictures, but not for "gantry" alone. Also, if you search in images, I don't think any of the captions have "gantry."
    – DjinTonic
    Nov 29 '21 at 16:24
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    I'm not claiming "gantry" has this particular meaning very specifically. But I don't believe there's any similarly well-known term that's any more accurate for the specific sense, which is why I said I'd go for [the best available word, imho]. The most famous such structure must surely be the one at the main gate of Auschwitz concentration camp, but I skimmed the text of several pages about that without finding anything better than "gantry". Nov 29 '21 at 18:24
  • @FumbleFingers: Thanks, the second picture looks very much like their sign, too. Nov 29 '21 at 20:29
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Gateway sign: Specifically a Ranch Gateway Sign

A gateway sign is any sign that demarcates a boundary between properties, regions or towns. It is always associated with an entranceway, usually a road entrance. It can be along the side of the road, but is more usually seen over the accessway.

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The "Ranch" variety is almost always an overhead structure.
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The actual "gate" of the gateway is often omitted.

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