Known for being an iconic landmark along America’s famous Route 66, Cadillac Ranch still welcomes visitors to come share their own design ideas on the cars. Each year thousands of people bring their cans of spray paint to add their own spin to the artwork.
In 1974, a group of three artists decided to make a quirky piece of work along the stretch of Route 66. Since this highway was famous for a lot of other weird attractions, the addition of Cadillac Ranch was nothing unusual.
Hudson Marquez, Chip Lord and Doug Michels all worked to create Cadillac Ranch. To do this they half buried ten Cadillac’s ranging from the era of the 1940s to the 1960s. The landscape was moved from its original location to outside of town in 1997 to escape the slowly evolving Amarillo city limits.
Activists, film makers, photographers and artists have all been known to use Cadillac Ranch to make statements of their own. Occasionally the cars will all be repainted a singular color to provide a blank slate for visitors. The tires still sit on the rims of the cars but have been through the test of the hot summer days and cold winter nights.
Today, Cadillac Ranch is a popular destination for people wanting to visit Amarillo as well as Route 66 adventurers!
Cadillac Ranch is located along Route 66 just west of Amarillo. Admission to the exhibit is free although you must bring your own spray paint or purchase some from the gift shop trailer. Although the gift shop is not open 24 hours, Cadillac Ranch is. There is not lighting on the path back to the cars so it is highly recommended to visit during the daylight hours.
Parking for the iconic roadside attraction is made available from a small parking lot by the road while most people pull off onto the shoulder.
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