Update October 1st 2012 The food trailer park is now open with thirteen food trailers up and running.

Update 9/14/2012 Round Rock city council approved a measure allowing a food trailer court in their downtown.

Update 9/13/2012: Shawn Faulk, owner of Starcorp, Inc is putting his money where his mouth is. He’s willing to invest up to 20k if Round Rock city council gives the ok to his proposed food trailer court in the downtown area.

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I suspect the disdain Austinites feel toward Round Rock is largely based on the faceless sprawl that is the signature of our northern neighbor. Blasting through the city on I-35 you would be excused if you thought the city offered little more than an endless array of fast food chains, muffler repair shops and the occasional hundred acre asphalt parking lot.

It’s an ugly-ass town, there’s no getting around it. But if you venture into the old downtown portion of the city you could imagine a redemption of sorts. It’s quaint.

It’s also the scene of one of the most famous shootouts in Texas’ rich history of gun battles. Indiana native Sam Bass brought his gang to Round Rock in 1878 looking to rob a bank. Little did he know there was a Judas in his group’s midst.

Bass associate Jim Murphy was tired of the outlaw game. He hatched a plan to save his hide by going to the authorities and offering to lead Bass into an ambush in downtown Round Rock. In exchange for this betrayal he would be allowed to walk free from the outlaw life.

Things got tricky when a young Williamson County deputy; A.W Grimes approached Bass in a mercantile as the bandit was making a purchase. He’d noticed that Bass was strapped and since carrying a firearm was illegal in Round Rock he called him out on it.

He was shot 6 times.

All hell broke loose.

Witness accounts of the day describe the scene as pure chaos. Bass and his crew attempted to flee after gunning down Grimes. It was not to be. Sam Bass immediately caught a round from the gun of Travis County deputy Morris Moore. The wound was not fatal however. Bass hightailed it, lead was flying every which way, Moore caught a bullet that took him out of the firefight.

Bass and fellow outlaw Seaborn Barnes sprinted into a nearby alley where their horses were tethered. As they took off they were fired upon by pursuing Rangers and a citizen. Barnes toppled off his horse, dead with a bullet to the head. Bass, badly wounded, escaped but was captured the next morning. He would die two days later from his gunshot wounds.

It Makes Round Rock sound a whole lot more appealing when it’s looked upon from an historical perspective. Now that appeal could broaden even further as the folks from Planning and Development are considering allowing a food truck courtyard to be developed in the old downtown area.

Near where Sam Bass had his final shot of glory.

Shawn Faulk, the entrepreneurial owner of Round Rock’s Star Co. Coffee is attempting to “copycat” the success that Austin has had via our food truck scene, by duplicating our various food truck parks. but doing so on a “more grand scale.”

Faulk envisions a local park filled with vendors, food trucks and big crowds of celebrants.

We picture gangs of hard partying soccer moms, teens bored with the stultifying life of the suburbs and x-Austinites who moved to Round Rock so they could escape Travis County’s rich gang life and accompanying high property taxes.

Win.Win.

We’ll keep our Round Rock readership up to date on this topic as events warrant.

credit goes to http://www.statesman.com/news/local/plans-brewing-for-round-rocks-first-food-trailer-2402888.html

new piece: http://www.statesman.com/news/local/round-rock-council-to-vote-on-food-trailer-2456788.html

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