"Cadillac Ranch: A Runaway American Dream" Cadillac Ranch Tip by richiecdisc

Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo: 9 reviews and 17 photos

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Local millionaire Stanley Marsh 3 was the mastermind behind Cadillac Ranch which he built in 1974 to embody the American Dream of mobility, hope, commercialism and perhaps a pinch of despair. Hey, who would know better than a man who made his money as a helium tycoon?! Set on about as flat and bleak a field as you could imagine, there are ten Cadillacs buried nose down just under halfway and on the same exact angle reportedly as some pyramids in Egypt.

Though the land is private, it is free to enter through a cattle gate to explore the “sculpture” anytime during daylight hours. They make for great photographic subjects but it that's not your thing and you're still feeling artsy, there are cans of spray paint scattered about. This is one place that graffiti is not only allowed but encouraged! If ever you thought to yourself while driving across the USA that maybe, just maybe it would have been easier to fly, this is one time you will remember exactly why you drove in the first place. Who says the best things in life aren't free? Well, Cadillac Ranch is.

Address: I-40, Amarillo, TX
Directions: In a cow pasture along eastbound I-40 between exits 60 and 62. Exit onto the frontage road, then enter the pasture through an unlocked gate. Visitors are encouraged.

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  • Written May 7, 2009
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