On the Road: Looking at America Through a Layer of Filth, Grime and Bug Guts

Cadillac Ranch
Cadillac Ranch, TX

We drove through Amarillo and saw some of the town, and then we started looking for Cadillac Ranch. It's not so much a ranch as it is art. Even though the book I had, gave directions to the place, we couldn't find it. After a reasonable hunt I stopped at an RV park and asked for directions. When I asked the owner where Cadillac Ranch was, a "you're the upteenth person to ask me that today" look came to her face. She rolled her eyes and went through her perfectly memorized directions. I thanked her for her time and promised if I ever drove through Amarillo in an RV, I would stop for the night at her place. She told me to get out and take my lies with me. I obliged.

Off the highway in an old wheat field, just west of Amarillo, in a single file row, are 10 1950's Cadillacs partially buried into the ground with their tail fins pointing toward the sky at an easternly slant. A well worn path leads you to a clearing in the field where the cars stand. If you didn't know any better, and you were too immersed in the Sci Fi channel or the X files, you might think some aliens did this on a drunken party trip to Earth. But if you think about it, only one being could do something like this, an eccentric rich guy, with a farm and 10 vintage cars cluttering up his yard. The cars are an ever changing art exhibit. Everyone stopping by with a can of spray paint contributes to the work. Graffiti covers the cars. I don't know if the owner wanted people to do this, but it sure does look wonderful. One man's junk is another man's art. Here is the prove. I spent about an hour roaming around the cars. I looked closely at the graffiti and the automobiles and snapped some pictures. I think I spent 2 rolls of film at this one place. Cadillac Ranch was only topped by the Grand Canyon for most photographed spot on the trip.

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