CANYON, TX - A famous local landmark here will soon be undergoing some major renovations.
Tex Randall still towers over Highway 60 after 5 decades.
"I grew up in Hereford and we always knew we were almost to Amarillo when we could see Tex Randall," Evelyn Ecker recently told NewsChannel 10. "Everybody has a story about Tex."
Ecker is the executive director for Canyon Main Street. The organization is in charge of getting Tex Randall back to his original condition.
From Facebook support groups to city donations and grants, about $80,000 has been raised so far. We're told that's about half of what's needed for the Texas-style makeover.
"He's in rough shape," Cheryl Malcolm with the Chamber of Commerce said. "He has been a victim of the weather which is very unpredictable here in the panhandle of Texas."
In addition to giving Tex a fresh coat of paint, Canyon Main Street and the Chamber of Commerce say they are planning to make the area surrounding him more appealing to tourists.
"We do have in our plan to develop a small park that will exist around him and we'll also have a kiosk to stand with him and give information about him as well as information about Canyon," Malcolm said.
Canyon Main Street says they hope to begin construction on Tex Randall in 2013.
For more information on the project, call Canyon Main Street at 656-6833.
You may also visit them on the web at canyonmainstreet.com
The Canyon Chamber of Commerce can be reached at 655-7815 or by visiting them online at canyonchamber.org