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Iconic Cadillac Ranch Is The Victim Of Mysterious Arson

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Needless to say, the police want answers.

Right off of the historic Route 66 and I-40, just outside of Amarillo, Texas is the popular Cadillac Ranch, a row of 10 classic Cadillacs that stick straight out of the ground nose-first. Visitors are welcomed to bring spray paint for the obvious reason and, more importantly, to take in and enjoy this display of automotive interactive art. There is no admission fee. Just come and enjoy. Sadly, a recent visitor didn't just bring spray paint and a camera. According to NBC News, the oldest of the displayed Cadillacs was set on fire by a still at-large arsonist.

Police do not have any suspects at this time but the investigation remains ongoing. The good news is that the old Cadillac in question remains standing and its metal structure intact. The bad news is decades of graffiti has been burned off. No injuries were reported but this is still an act of vandalism, nonetheless.

via Motorious
via Motorious
via Motorious
via Motorious

Cadillac Ranch posted the following on its Facebook page:

"Last night, the oldest of the 10 Cadillacs was set on fire. Though we're heartbroken by this act of vandalism and the layers of history that were so carelessly destroyed, fortunately, the structural integrity of the Cadillac is still sound. When all is said and done, the Cadillac Ranch still stands as a testament to time, beauty, art, and history-despite the callous attempt to erase it. Much like their West Texas home, these Cadillacs are iconic for their strength-through adversity, drought, wind, and fire, they remain standing through the decades."

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First erected in 1974, Cadillac Ranch consists of 1949 to 1963 Cadillacs that also show the evolution of the brand's iconic tailfin design. The brainchild of three students, two of whom were architects and one art student, all of part of the Ant Farm art group, Cadillac Ranch is visible from the highway and is actually located on private land, though people are encouraged to visit. Graffiti is also encouraged. Arson, however, is not. Cadillac Ranch rightly wants the culprit(s) found.

via Atlas Obscura user
via Atlas Obscura user
via Atlas Obscura user

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