Why Can’t Boise Have a Cadillac Ranch?
Labor Day weekend marks the wrap-up to summer road trips, and if you made it all the way to Texas you probably stopped for a photo opp at Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo. If we had one of these in Boise, would it be Cadillacs buried nose-first in the dirt, or would we do it with Honda Civics?
Even if you haven't been to Route 66 you've probably heard of it. It's full of nostalgia and history and a little bit of quirkiness too, and I visited with the kids a couple of summers ago.
On I-40 west of Amarillo, Texas, Cadillacs are buried nose-first in a dirt patch in the middle of a field, and they've been there since 1974. There are no snacks or bathrooms there. Just Cadillacs. And dirt. And a lot of spray paint.
Roadside America points out that Cadillac Ranch was "invented and built by a group of art-hippies imported from San Francisco. They called themselves The Ant Farm, and their silent partner was Amarillo billionaire Stanley Marsh 3. He wanted a piece of public art that would baffle the locals, and the hippies came up with a tribute to the evolution of the Cadillac tail fin. Ten Caddies were driven into one of Stanley Marsh 3's fields, then half-buried, nose-down, in the dirt.
Anyone can get out a can of spray paint and squirt an elaborate design on one of the cars, or paint something simple like initials or a smiley face. We painted our initials on a few cars in bright red, but I'm sure our work has been covered up by now. They're forty-seven years into this quirky painting project, and it adds up to layers and layers of a colorful and rubbery mess. Just don't wear white to this tourist attraction, especially if the wind is blowing.
What other vehicles could we bury if we start this in the Treasure Valley? It's hard to part with a Honda Civic or a Toyota Prius, but if you decide to make this happen let us know. We'll bring our own paint.