There’s really no way you can drive through, or even near, Amarillo, Texas, without making the jaunt over to the Cadillac Ranch.
As the daughter of the now deceased Queen of Everything Texas, whether kooky or historical, there was no way, I, personally, could bypass this famous (or infamous) tourist stop.
(I texted my sister later to say how proud our parents would have been of me for the little side stop in our vacation.)
Honestly, though, even if I weren’t still trying to impress my (deceased) parents, I would so stop at Cadillac Ranch! It’s just one of the Texas things to see and do!
Cadillac Ranch has zero educational value, unless you count quirky “art” and the mere ability to say you’ve been there, educational.
And, I do.
My youngest son has added to his culture bank, fo’ sho!
(Now, to make sure we inserted something educational into the visit, we discussed the importance of Route 66 and the various, often quirky, attractions along the famous highway–Cadillac Ranch is located in a pasture along Interstate 40, but the road the pasture is on is the original Route 66.)
Cadillac Ranch was originally created by three artists, back in 1974 , by sticking 10 Cadillacs into the ground, a la Stonehenge style. (Although, the degree of tilt corresponds to the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt.)
The pasture where the cars reside is private property, but it is encouraged to cross onto the land via an unlocked gate.
Once you’ve entered the field where the cars are on display, you begin to notice, unfortunately, trash.
Empty spray paint cans.
Besides “trespassing,” you are also encouraged to “tag” the cars.
We had not come prepared (with our own can of spray paint), but there were plenty of partially used cans on the ground to pick from.
When in Rome…
We all got in on the act!
Once you look closely, you realize just how many years of graffiti/paint has been coated on these cars!
Look how thick the paint is!
There is not a single inch of any of the cars that hasn’t been colored upon.
Really and truly, if you are ever in Amarillo–or anywhere near there–you should take the 30 minutes to see the Cadillac Ranch.
Just to say you did.