Cadillac Ranch

Thursday, February 9, 2012

The grand size of the USA encourages freedom and exploration, with the United States highway network consisting of 4 million miles (6,437,376 km) of roads and streets to take you everywhere. Who wouldn’t want to get in their car and just drive?

One of the unpleasant things about driving on American highways is that they’re kind of boring at long stretches and you don’t see much of anything until you turn off onto the smaller roads. The most famous of the smaller roads is Route 66, also known as "America's highway", "Main Street" or the "Mother Road." Even though Route 66 isn’t traveled as much as it was during the 1930’s, 40’s, and 50’s, there are still so many cool things to see while you're on it.

If you happen to be traveling along Route 66 in Amarillo, Texas, then you’ll surely pass by the Cadillac Ranch: ten classic Cadillacs (model years 1949 to 1963) driven into a field, half-buried, nose-down in the dirt at an angle corresponding to that of the Great Pyramid of Giza. Created in 1974 by a group of hippie-artists known as Ant Farm, this public art installation still stands today. These cars have been defaced (vandalized) in many ways over the years, especially by spray paint (which is encouraged, actually) and the Cadillac Ranch is more popular than ever because it’s a reminder of America’s great automotive heritage.

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