Saturday, June 16, 2012

Go West III - Route 66

Old Cadillac, Cadillac Ranch, near Amarillo, Texas  © Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved

One of the original US Highways, Route 66 stretched from Chicago, Illinois to Los Angeles, California, and in its heyday in the 1950's was synonymous with the ultimate road trip. Along the "Main Street of America", you were sure to see something quirky and quintessentially American. Though this iconic highway has receded into the mythic past, segments of it still remain.

Not far from one of these remnants, in a cow pasture near Amarillo, Texas, is Stanley Marsh's Cadillac Ranch. This public art installation is a row of classic cadillacs buried at perfect angles matching those of the Great Pyramid of Giza. It is undoubtedly one of the most photographed places in Texas, and one of the most graffitied. The old cars are an open canvas for anyone with spray can in hand.

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