GTT "Gone to Texas"

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Sun Jul 28 18:12:48 UTC 2013

Barry Popik has an entry on this topic and he encourages links:

Gone to Texas (GTT)
Entry from August 03, 2006

On Sun, Jul 28, 2013 at 1:18 PM, Mark Mandel <thnidu at> wrote:
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> From a friend's blog; no link because I haven't asked permission:
> Back in the 19th century, during the westward expansion, people would paint
> GTT on the doors of their cabins in Virginia and Tennessee and similar
> places. It meant "Gone To Texas," and it was implicit permission for
> someone else to use the cabin, since the original owners weren't coming
> back. I left a little piece of paper with "Gone To Texas" taped to the door
> of *[his apartment when he moved from California to Texas]*
> Mark Mandel
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