The giant statue of Tex Randall, the lean and leaning cowboy, has been a looming fixture in Canyon, Texas, for almost 50 years. But the ground beneath his size 75 boots is up for sale, and the town faces a vexing problem: can it afford to move its hardscrabbled civic symbol?
Frankly, teetering Tex has never looked stable even when standing still. Moving a large custom-built landmark is tricky business; while it can be done, it just as often ends in a crumpled pile of rebar and recriminations. It might actually cost less for Canyon to buy the property and leave Tex where he is, rather than try to shift his seven tons somewhere else in town.
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