Cadillac Ranch near Amarillo, Texas

Cadillac Ranch Panorama

Cadillac Ranch near Amarillo is an iconic roadside attraction along RT66.  Hundreds of visitors daily walk the 100 yards through mud, snow and heat to leave their spray paint mark on ten Cadillacs stuck nose first in a Texas cornfield.  This random act of art was created in 1974 by a group of hippies from San Francisco who called themselves the Ant Farm.  The goal of the wealthy financial backer, Stanley Marsh III, was allegedly to baffle the locals.  So ten Cadillac cars, ranging from the 1949 Club Sedan to the 1963 Sedan de Ville, were partially buried  in the ground.  Soon people were tearing off tail fins and other parts as souvenirs and spray painting the frames.  Today the cars are not all that recognizable as Cadillacs, with little left but their bare frames.  The layers of spray paint have built up to over an inch thick during the past 40 years, chunks of which are now keepsakes for people breaking off pieces to take with them.

These photos are available for sale in my RT66 Gallery.

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