Saving Tex Randall: Fundraiser to Save the Giant Concrete Cowboy

Published 06/16 2014 02:10PM

Updated 06/16 2014 05:13PM

It doesn't matter if you've lived in the Panhandle or just driven through, there's a special statue that probably means a little something to you. Lots of little memories and one big problem. How do you save a giant concrete cowboy?

Tex Randall, standing at 47 feet tall, is one of the tallest cowboys in the state. He was built at his location in 1959 by Industrial Arts Teacher, Harry Wheeler. His original purpose-- to advertise Wheeler's Western Store. The last restoration effort for the statue happened in 1989 after a truck crashed into Tex's left boot. Today Tex's life is in danger. Named to the endangered roadside attractions list, the aging landmark spends its days near a vacant building near highway 60 in Canyon.  

Canyon Main Street Board member, John Crozier, shares how people can help save Tex Randall.

The Cowboy Up Poker Run and motorcycle ride is a fundraiser to benefit the Save Tex Randall project. Registration starts at 9 a.m. and ride starts at 10 a.m. Prizes will be given to the top three winners. Each prize is valued at $200 or more. There will be live music and burgers after the ride. Call (806) 656-6833 for more information and to register.

Sponsors are: Hoffbrau Steaks, Pure Water Ice & Tea Company, Happy State Bank, Texas Musical Drama, Palo Duro Creek Golf Course and Palo Duro Canyon Zipline Adventure Park

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