Tom Runnels' Sculpture

Tom Runnels' Sculpture
Tom Runnels was an artist, writer, and sculptor, who lived in Marble Hill, Mo. He was probably a remote cousin of mine, but unfortunately I never met him.

His caricature drawings are humorous, and he used them to illustrate two books he published about his life, and life in general. He was a hunter, and a skilled trapper. He was somewhat of a "loner," although he was pretty well "housebroke" and was well-liked in town.

His sculptures are remarkable, and are located in several towns throughout the U.S. Perhaps his most locally well-known is the "Longhorn Steer" metal sculpture formerly located at the Longhorn Restaurant in Fredericktown, Mo.

The "Horse and Rider" sculpture above is located on his "Cat Ranch" (think "mountain lion" here) at the edge of Marble Hill. The sculpture is welded iron, and is 18 feet wide, 16 feet high (including pedestal), and weighs an estimated two tons. Although it is not obvious from this photo, the horse "balances" on only one rear foot.

Runnels was born March 10, 1933, and died Sept. 3, 2000. He was a USAF veteran of the Korean Conflict. He rests in a peaceful burial site on his ranch.

Presently, the ranch is only open to the public on special occasions. For additional information, go to "The Cat Ranch Art Guild website" on Facebook.

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