Friday, June 19, 2009

Cadillac Ranch

Copyright Scott Flathouse
There is a man here in Amarillo, who is, well eccentric. He does some neat and crazy things around town like street signs with quirky sayings that pop up in people's yards. Or a giant statue of a leg made to look like an artifact out in the middle of nowhere. WB took a picture of this and they published it in Texas Highways. His place of residence is called Toad Hall.

Anyway, one day he decided to collect some old Cadillacs and stick them in the ground. Yes, stick them in the ground so that they are pointing upwards towards the vast Texas sky. It's out in a field that sometimes has cows grazing about. There is a cattle guard and visitors are welcome to walk out and look and they can even spray paint the cars. I can only imagine the thousands of layers of spray paint each car is covered in.
copyright Scott Flathouse
I take this tourist attraction for granted sometimes because we pass in every day when we go back and forth into town. But there are always cars stopped and visitors walking the trail to explore the cars. In fact, it is a game with my daughters to try to catch the place with no visitors. I think we have counted a handful of times that there have been no people there. It doesn't matter if the wind is blowing dirt or the temperature is 110, people have to stop and look.

Copyright Scott Flathouse
WB went out to take some pictures the other night when he thought the sky and light were just right. Remember what I said about photographers and their light? Well, it's true.

14 comments:

Smockity Frocks said...

Those pictures are AWESOME!

Lauren said...

beautiful pictures!

kpottlitzer said...

wow, smockity frocks took my line! i'm going to have to get some of these and frame them!(my birthday is august 13th, just in case you were wondering ;))

Warren Baldwin said...

I go to Amarillo once or twice a year, I need to find out where this place is. (My daughter was offered a youth ministry internship there this summer but already accepted one in another city). Neat story and pictures.

wb

Kara said...

Thanks everyone, I will let WB know you like his pics!

Jessica said...

Wow, those are really cool looking. He sounds likes a talented guy.

Nancy said...

I would like to see those cars myself. I'll bet kids love it.

Pat's Place said...
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Pat's Place said...

BEAUTIFUL PICTURES! It really looks surreal the way he depicted the place. I remember going by there one day just before Little One was born and it was a day with high winds and blowing snow. Sure enough, there were people walking out there to see those cars. Crazy, isn't it?

Kara said...

It is crazy!

Terri Tiffany said...

Wow! you took those? I love the last one best! Awesome!
Hey-- I just wrote you that I couldn't get on and it let me today! Yay! Maybe I will see if I can get on some other sites now:)

Kara said...

Actually, my husband took them:) Some other people mentioned having problems getting on. I'm not sure what the deal is, maybe I should check with blogspot. But I'm glad you got on today!

Pat's Place said...

WB needs to try to sell those pictures to someone. They are great. WB's dad was SO impressed!!

Aimee said...

Great pictures! I finally got your blog to come up so I could see them! Love the game of trying to find a time with no visitors!