Cadillac Ranch – Colorful homage to the open road

Cadillac Ranch

West of Amarillo, I-40, Between exits 60 and 62
Amarillo, TX
Art Cars, “Zippy the Pinhead” location, Sculpture environment, Inspiration for “Cars” site
Open to the public

A rich eccentric named Stanley Marsh dreamed it up. An art collective called the Ant Farm built it. Springsteen sang about it. Because it’s always open and accessible, people keep painting and repainting the big fins that jut up from the dusty West Texas field. So each time you visit the Ranch, chances are it will look somewhat different.

Despite the serious legal issues of Marsh, Cadillac Ranch will always be a Route 66 icon. A statement by the plaintiffs’ lawyer indicates Cadillac Ranch’s ownership will be transferred to someone or something other than Marsh.

Cadillac Ranch is an art sculpture created by Ant Farm (Doug Michels, Chip Lord, Hudson Marquez, and Stanley March III) in 1974. 10 Cadillacs buried nose down in concrete, at the same angle as the great pyramids, one of each of the models from 1948 to 1964. The cars are spray painted in various colors and the amount of cars represent the number of evolutions of the car line.

You will also see Cadillac Ranch depicted as the mountain range that surrounds the town of Radiator Springs in the 2006 Pixar movie, “Cars.” To read more about sites that inspired “Cars” be sure to read Ron Warnick’s blog

A designated Hampton “Save A Landmark” site. Also a “Zippy the Pinhead” comic strip location – “Ranch Dressing.”

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(Photos © copyright 2006-2013 Kelly Ludwig, all rights reserved)