CADILLAC RANCH is really not a ranch but some artwork located along Route 66 just west of Amarillo, Texas. It's simply a line of old junk Cadillac autos (complete with tail fins) that are buried nose-first in the middle of a pasture -- and a welcome target for visitors to decorate with graffiti paint at will. A crazy idea, but very therapeutic.
It was originally an idea of some hippie artists supported by a Texas millionaire back in the 1970s. Over time people have painted the old wrecks and ripped off anything that wasn't secured to the cars, but this is incouraged! For decades now, Cadillac Ranch has become a ritual site for anyone who travels the Mother Road, Route 66, to stop and "make your mark." But don't wait to capture a photo of your artwork, because there's someone else with a spray can right behind you!
Also very "Texan" is this giant muffler man, a brightly colored Texas-sized cowboy statue, complete with Stetson hat, shiny belt buckle, and leather boots, that continually tips his hat to travelers along Route 66 to remind them of their controversial 2nd amendment right to bear arms. There's even a brass plaque installed that promotes the cause, for those who can read. Apparently, gun advocates need to be reminded or they'll forget! The large statue was relocated from another remote location where it had been the riddled with bullet holes -- also very Texan. Gratefully, this friendly cowboy was dutifully repaired and dressed in a smart new coat of paint. But where are his guns?
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