Wednesday, October 10, 2012


Grapevine Glockenspiel ~ Grapevine, Texas

In the historic town of Grapevine, 2 bandits lie in the waiting for their next train to rob.....

And you can see them try it twice a day, every day at the Grapevine Glockenspiel in downtown Grapevine.  
Grapevine dedicated it's 127-foot-high Clock Tower in May 2012.  Featuring two "larger-than-life" Glockenspiel characters, visitors can watch the "Would-Be Train Robbers" story each day shortly before the stroke of noon and 6 pm.
The story goes,"The first character, NAt Barrett, circa 1890, is a young cowboy looking for a one time heist to fund his dream of moving west and buying his own ranch.  With an eye towards getting even with the Railroad at the next to last stop, he returns to Grapevine and, by chance, meets the second would-be train robber, Willy Majors.  Willy has lived his entire life just outside of the law and spent most of his time gambling and robbing the occasional train across the West, never harming anyone during his criminal deeds.  Now, Willy is searching for one last heist to ride off into the sunset and disappear forever.  Both characters have come to rob the train of $60,000 (approximately $1.5 million in today's dollars).  As these two meet and argue, they miss the opportunity to rob the train and learn that crime doesn't pay."
We had the opportunity to watch the story unfold this past summer and was delighted in the fun of it all.  The Grapevine Glockenspiel is beautiful and detailed.  The characters move around and draw you into their story.  And you have front row seating right across the way near the Grapevine Depot.  Speakers are nestled under the patio, so you don't miss a thing.
It is such a unique treasure having a Glockenspiel here in the heart of Texas, giving us a glimpse of history.  And such a fun way to hear a great tale with a good-hearted moral to the story!

There is so much to do in Grapevine!!  Make a day out of it when you visit the Grapevine Glockenspiel!  Here are some other fun things to do:

And while you are in Grapevine, here are more Family Fun Activities:

Texas Travel Facts for Grapevine Glockenspiel:
Location: 636 S. Main St, Grapevine, TX 76051
Hours: Daily; just before noon and 6 pm
Admission: FREE
Recommended Time: 15 minutes
Good to know: Weekends can be crowded, but the viewing area is large; just make sure to get there before noon to not miss a thing; when wind gusts are 25+ MPH 30 minutes before the show, the characters will not emerge.

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