Muffler Man - 2nd Amendment Cowboy - Amarillo, TX
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member QuarrellaDeVil
N 35° 11.191 W 101° 58.450
14S E 229179 N 3897779
Quick Description: A Cowboy Muffler Man stands in front of the Cadillac Ranch RV Park at 2601 Hope Rd, Amarillo, TX.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 11/24/2016 7:57:52 PM
Waymark Code: WMTH4W
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
Views: 1

Long Description:
This highway giant has a bit of history. He is ultimately kin to Glenn Goode's two Cowboys that stand northeast of Gainesville, TX. When Mr. Goode acquired his first Cowboy -- not this one -- in 1971, it was missing its head and hands. He borrowed the head and hat from a Cowboy in Canton, TX to create a mould, and then did something similar with one of Ken's Dallas Half-Wits for the hands.

At some point, Mr. Goode cast moulds of the rest of the body, and two new Cowboys were created. One was placed in front of Glenn's son's business in Sherman, TX, while the other was placed in front of a business in Sanger, TX. This latter one now stands here in Amarillo.

Prior to his movement to Amarillo in 2004, our Cowboy was neglected and used for target practice, and that's where the nickname of "2nd Amendment Cowboy" comes in. Before the Cowboy was sent to Amarillo, Mr. Goode himself repaired all the damage and restored him. He stood in front of the Country Barn BBQ & Steaks east of here until the restaurant closed in 2013, and by 2014, he was standing here at the corner of Hope Road and the I-40 service road. The Cadillac Ranch itself is slightly west of here.

The Cowboy stands 22' tall, with his head tilted slightly forward. He wears a beige Stetson hat, waving with his right hand while his left hand is at his side. His shirt is yellow, with black lettering on both sides, identifying himself as the "2nd Amendment Cowboy". His slacks are dark blue, pressed and pleated, with white stitching on the back pockets, and they're held up by a black belt with a tarnished silver buckle with a longhorn on it. He's wearing silver spurs (which don't spin) on his black boots -- they could use some repair -- and the shaft of the boots is red with blue inlay.

In front of the Cowboy is a faux Texas Historical Marker -- that's not the symbol of the Texas Historical Commission at the top -- with the Second Amendment quoted:

2nd Amendment
to the Constitution of
The United States of America

A well regulated militia being
necessary to the security of
a free state, the right of the
people to keep and bear arms
SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED.

A quote follows:

A free people ought not only
be armed and disciplined, but
they should have sufficient
arms and ammunition to maintain
a status of independence from
any who might attempt to abuse
them, which would include their
own government.

                 George Washington

Interestingly, the Cowboy is not armed, and a twist of irony is that his very name comes from the inability of some to use their firearms responsibly. One can visit the Cowboy at any time, but there are plenty of signs advising of the use of cameras to monitor the goings-on here. They're probably more concerned about the cars behind the Cowboy, but they probably wouldn't take too kindly to anybody's messing with anything here.

Price of Admission: 0.00 (listed in local currency)

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