Expedition Team: Dave Miller, Rosie Miller, Matt Miller, Jacque Miller. Holly Miller, Shane Miller
Expedition Date: July 2005
Just west of Amarillo on Route 66 heading to New Mexico we exited and came upon two interesting sites: a rundown closed up hotel called the Bates Motel (Norman or his mother did not appear to be home) and a mile down a dusty two lane road was an empty field and the infamous Cadillac Ranch.
HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE: This roadside oddity is actually ten Cadillac automobiles buried nose down in the ground supposedly at the same angle as the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. The cars all face west in a line from a 1949 Cadillac Club Sedan to a 1963 Cadillac Sedan de Ville. The Cadillac Ranch is a tribute to the Cadillac Tail Fin. An Amarillo billionaire wanted a piece of public art that would baffle the locals. He hired a group of art hippies from San Francisco who invented and built the display in 1974.
FINDINGS: The cars were very securely cemented in the ground as we all climbed on them and posed for photos. All were colorfully adorned with spray paint and graffiti. We saw a car park and two men from Virginia approached. They were scientists who had heard about the Cadillac Ranch and the cars mathematical positioning in line with the pyramid and were excited to see it.