Cadillac Ranch a Monument to the American Open Road

I’ve never been to Stonehenge, but I have stood at Cadillac Ranch. Where the wind blows hard and you can feel the ghosts of people driving old automobiles, moving their way to the belly of California from different time periods and for different reasons.  Cadillac Ranch is located west of Amarillo Texas, just off of the east bound lane of Interstate 40, near Old Route 66 .

Cadillac Ranch pays homage to some of the greatest American automobiles and the freedom of the open road; it celebrates what’s around the next corner. It provides a opportunity to stop and put your mark on an ever-changing piece of art created by travelers of the world. In fact, visitors are encouraged to bring spray paint and add their own creative works. How many places do you ever go where you may legally leave your mark?

Cadillac Ranch was created in 1974 by a group artists called The Ant Farm.  They collaborated with Amarillo Texas’ eccentric millionaire and prankster Stanley Marsh 3. Cadillac Ranch consists of 10 vintage Cadillacs placed facing west, buried nose first 8 feet into the ground at matching angles.  The ten Cadillacs include a 1949 Club Coupe, 1950 Series 62, 1954 Coupe de Ville, 1956 Series 62, 1957 Sedan, 1958 Sedan, 1959 Coupe, 1960 Sedan, 1962 4 window sedan, and a 1963 Sedan.  This selection of Cadillacs represent the rise and fall of the tail fin in the Cadillac design, which in my opinion are some of the most interesting rear end car designs ever.

Cadillac Ranch is listed on National Geographic’s Top 10 U.S. Roadside Attractions.  It’s been featured in songs, videos, and numerous movies. In Disney-Pixar’s “Cars”, Cadillac Ranch was the backdrop for Radiator Springs, an imaginary small town on Route 66. Here’s a great clip from Cars on You tube. This clip tells the story of Route 66 and depicts the ranch as the Cadillac Mountain Range. Take Lighting McQueen’s advise at the end: “It’s kinda nice to slow down every once in a while.”  Take it nice and slow down Route 66!