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Cadillac Ranch
Amarillo, TX

For unassuming travelers of the Interstate on the west side of Amarillo, TX, a "what the heck is that" gasp usually comes out when the odd sight of cars stuck in the ground shows up in the distance. That is, unless the motorist is familiar with Cadillac Ranch.

Cadillac Ranch
Amarillo, TX
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

 

The Cadillac Ranch is presently located off of the old Route 66 near Amarillo. Prior to 1997, the cars were located a couple of miles closer to Amarillo until urban crawl forced the move west. The Cadillacs are nose-dive in the dirt with the rear two-thirds of their bodies showing off their 1948 through 1963 vintage.

Cadillac Ranch 10 years later
Amarillo, TX
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

 

Getting to the site, a flurry of activity may catch your eye around the dumpster near the entrance. No, it's not hungry roadside travelers looking for a bit to eat but folks bringing out half-empty cans of Krylon to carry on their short trek to the Cadillacs. The creation of Stanley Marsh 3 and artists known as the Ant Farm back in the mid-70's, spraying graffiti on the Cadillacs is encouraged.

The entrance and the Krylon filled dumpster on the left
Amarillo, TX
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

 

It's interesting how the graffiti on the cars look almost identical despite the decade that passed between the times when these sets of photos were taken. I guess graffiti is graffiti.

Here are more photos from the site of Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, TX.

 

The Cadillacs nose first in the dirt
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

The sign off the road
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Another angle
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

A closer look
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Another look
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

The cars facing west
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

 

 

More info:

Cadillac Ranch on Wikipedia

Roadside America

 

 

 

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