Grapevine Council Funds Robot Cowboys

Animatronics to stage gunfight atop CVB building

By Bruce Felps
|  Friday, Jun 10, 2011  |  Updated 3:09 PM CDT
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Grapevine Council Funds Robot Cowboys

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by Bruce Felps

Nothing says Texas like a good old-fashioned shootout, huh?

That’s what the Grapevine City Council members think, anyway.

They voted Wednesday to fund a pair of animatronic cowboys that will stage two shootouts per day atop the city’s new Convention and Visitors Bureau building, set for completion this summer.

The job, performed by LifeFormations of Ohio, will cost the city $161,840, according to an article published by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

The characters — Sam Bass of Texas train robbing history and “Harris” of questionable lineage — will emerge from the clock tower to face off in computerized shootouts at noon, sorry, high noon and low 6 p.m. each day.

The outcomes of the gunfights will differ based on the computer’s whim, and neither robot cowboy will die a mechanical death. Instead, one will wound the other, they’ll both miss the train they were about to rob, and return to the clock tower to drink away their woes for six or 18 hours, get liquored up, insult each other, and shoot it out again.

Kind of like “Groundhog Day” only with drunk cowboys. Yup, let's put our best Texas face forward for conventioneers and visitors.


Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He thinks Robot Cowboys would make a fine name for a band.

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