Mike. you weren't kidding about the 7,364 gates! Some were a PITA to stretch back closed. Our system started out, if the gate was open in through, it stays open, Pulled back it gets closed. We didn't want to let any range cows out, nor did we want to keep any of them from getting to water. Hopefully we didn't get any wrong....there were a couple I wasn't so sure.
there were some interesting gate designs engineered from what was at hand, most had to be secured with barb wire. Ranchers must have tougher gloves than my riding gloves, got poked more than a few times!
this gate came equipped with a Hamilton Beach toaster on it's post! I bet it still works!