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No car has ever been painted so many times as these 10 cars have, anywhere else on this planet!

Updated on December 30, 2016

The colorful paint never ever seems to dry on these on these old vehicles. They are constantly be painted over and over again. The layers of paint on these 10 cars must be at least 3 inches deep. No one has to worry about any of these 10 cars ever getting rusty. Every color in the rainbow are present on these cars. It's been a while since any of these cars have been on the road, but they get more attention than most cars that are actively driving from point A to point B every single day, and they are certainly among fun things to do when your bored.

I was one day driving West on interstate 40 in the hot Summer sun, when I looked over to my right and saw these 10 colorful cars sitting in the middle of a farmers field. They were all lined up perfectly with their tail fins sticking high up into the sky.

It's a place known as Cadillac ranch, and it was the brainchild of rancher Stanley Marsh 3. The ten cars were erected in 1974, and quietly moved two miles west to their present day location in 1997 to escape the city of Amarillo's growth. He buried the noses of ten vintage Cadillacs deeply into the hot Texas sand, with their tail fins pointed high up into the air. The ten cars are a collection of Cadillacs from the 1940s, 1950's, and 1960s. It's located on historic route 66 which runs parallel to Interstate 40 just a few miles west of Amarillo, Texas. It's a popular stopping point these days for travelers and it can be reached via a service road where many people driving down Interstate 40 can't resist the urge to stop.

The state of Texas has placed clearly posted signs on the route 66 side of Mr. Marsh's ranch gate, asking the public to please not paint on this side of the fence, but some people just couldn't resist even artistically painting onto the signs themselves. Some folks couldn't even resist painting on the gate or the Cadillac ranch entrance sign either. You really have to be careful, especially around the cars themselves what and where you lean up against, because you never know if the paint is wet or dry. Even in the hot Texas sun it takes a few minutes for paint to dry. I heard mothers tell their children to wait 5 minutes for the paint to dry, before they can begin to paint again.

Everybody and their mother carries a full spray paint can or two down the dusty old path to those famous old cars, and I do literally mean everyone and their mother. I saw some of these same mothers pushing baby carriages down the dirt road to the cars. You will see children and their mothers along with their fathers painting at the same time side by side. I don't think that the paint ever has time to dry on those ten cars. When one person finishes painting their work of art, and leaves another person comes behind them and paints their artwork over top of it. The cars are getting their paint jobs changed constantly over and over. All of the photos in this hub I took personally, and if you go back today I can almost guarantee that all of these cars will look differently. These are the ten most painted cars on all of the planet, and I challenge anyone to find any other car to stand up to them!

There's a debris field of empty spray paint cans along with their colorful caps out there as far as the eye can see. It almost looks as though a giant airplane loaded with a cargo of spray paint cans crashed near by. There's literally a fortune in scrap metal out there in those fields for someone to cash in on.

Exactly two years later in the month of July 2014, I photographed the cars at Cadillac Ranch again and here they are. Just like unique lizards called chameleons their paint jobs have completely changed their appearance.

The sign at the gate to Cadillac Ranch has completely changed .
The sign at the gate to Cadillac Ranch has completely changed .
The trash was still everywhere two years later as well.
The trash was still everywhere two years later as well.
There were also messages spray painted on the trail up to the cars.
There were also messages spray painted on the trail up to the cars.

Do you see a big change in these cars after two years?

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Now once again a little over 2 years from the last date, I stopped by Cadillac Ranch on October 1st 2016, and took some more pictures. You can see again how these cars have changed their colors.

4.5 out of 5 stars from 12 ratings of Cadillac Ranch

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      sannwi 11 months ago

      Great article! I've never heard of this place. Thank you for helping me add a new place to visit on my list :)

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      Brenda Dowling 12 months ago from Mumbai

      Indeed Interesting, cars look really beautiful, awesome clicks :)

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      Cindy 18 months ago from Planet Earth

      I don't know why, but I'm getting a Mad Max vibe from these photos.

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      Alexx 21 months ago

      I LOVE THIS. I JUST ADDED IT TO OUR RV TRAVEL BUCKET LIST!-Alexx

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      Nightcat 22 months ago

      What a fun Hub! The cars look very unique!

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      mohammed karjat 22 months ago

      Interesting post

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      flakycrustedmemry 22 months ago

      Beautiful photo's! I would hate to be there without a can of spray paint. I bet it is really cool to see in person. Thanks for sharing!!

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      'Zekiel Brown 2 years ago from Ghana

      TheHoleStory indeed. Iam still locked up here. Cant heal the amazement! Good job

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      TheHoleStory 2 years ago from Parsons, West Virginia

      Thank you so much for the wonderful comment connieow . One thing that I was shooting for with this hub was to be one of the most colorful hubs out there on the Internet.

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      Connie S Owens 2 years ago from El Cajon, CA

      This is the one hub that pops up more than any other on Hubpages. Amazing. What fun, to find a topic that gets this amount of attention, and what a challenge. Kewl.

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      Shivendra Tiwari 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      quite an unique and interesting hub.

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 2 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      I must say it's a bizarre attraction and a strange pastime.

      Nice photos.

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      Michal 2 years ago from Czech Republic

      aww what a fu place to come to. Simply, wish I was there :-)

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      Beth Buckley 2 years ago from Portland, OR

      What a crazy FUN article and pics!!!

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      Unique Hiram 2 years ago from Midwest

      Great story and I absolutely love the pics :-)

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      Noah Clayton 2 years ago

      This is amazing and probably the best art I've ever seen. I want to visit this place! Great article! Well done! :)

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      Rana Pecarski 2 years ago from Texas

      I have been to the Cadillac Ranch but it has been about 20 years ago. Love your photos!

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      Michelle McKiernan 2 years ago from Madison, WI

      I was so excited to see this on a road trip last summer. It was just after the 4th of July so there was a ton of fireworks trash, too. Truthfully, it was a little bit creepy. There was a lot of profanity and that aerosol smell was heavy. I'll stop again next time, based on your follow up, to see if it seems different.

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      Zachary Radach 2 years ago from Houston

      Interesting. I am in Texas, but pretty far from here. If I were to be traveling in the area I would probably check it out.

      I like the follow-up! =D

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      Pastor Cher 2 years ago from United States

      This would be a fun thing to participate in with the family. Really cool idea.

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      Amy Trumpeter 2 years ago from Oxford

      Awesome! I love this!

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      Anika Diaries 2 years ago

      Must say this is yet another cool hub of yours, amongst many. I didn't want the pictures to end. I really wish I was there. Good job.

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      Olga 2 years ago from London

      You have so many story in here...Where to start..hard to tell. I trust you story is been published live to one of those BBC, SKY, Guardians, the independence newspapers. Well done to you ... It motivating to see such wonderful work with skilled people : )

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      I know some people who would love to see and paint on those cars. What an interesting idea.

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Its been a year since I stopped by here.

      Fun reading the reactions of commenters to this hub.

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      amazmerizing 2 years ago from PACIFIC NORTHWEST, USA

      Neat little roadside attraction... people certainly do like it... although I think it would be prudent to place a trash bin nearby

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      Ha Lee 2 years ago from Vietnam

      hi, good

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      Nicu 3 years ago from Oradea, Romania

      You're right, I never saw anywhere cars painted like these. This might became a new tourist atraction.

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      Nigham 3 years ago from Pakistan.

      Lol...your fantastic hub put a big grin on my face.

      (And may be the lady with pink shirt (before 2 years) and pink skirt (after two years) is the same one. :p )

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      they dirty the place with the cans? Why can't they litter the cans in a garbage bin or bring home? I pity those cars

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      ambeeeeer 3 years ago

      thank you TheHoleStory

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      TheHoleStory 3 years ago from Parsons, West Virginia

      ambeeeeer, you and everyone else has permission to use any photo from my hubs in anyway that you wish. Thanks you for the comment and stopping by!

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      ambeeeeer 3 years ago

      hello, i would just wanna know if it is legitimate to use others photos in my hub since i'm a newbie and i can't produce a high quality photos myself and the also that i don't own a camera. what must i do? pls. help, thank you in advance

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      Maggie Bonham 3 years ago from Missoula, Montana

      LOL! Yeah, I remember seeing the Cadillac Ranch back when I was in college.

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      Gwenneth Leane 3 years ago from Glen Osmond, Adelaide, South Australia Australia

      Just loved this story. It reminds that in the area where I live there are four huge water storage tanks. Everybody paints on them just like the cars.

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      Crisantonio 3 years ago

      It looks like a cool place to visit. I like the idea, but I wish people didn't leave their paint cans -_- If I get the chance to go there, I'd hog and paint an entire car for myself hahaha! Kidding of course. Thanks for the great pics!

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      Candle Reviews 3 years ago

      I loved seeing Cadillac Graveyard for the first time, many years ago. We were moving to Texas actually, so we had to stop there! Thanks for sharing all the fun pictures and information. It is such an interesting place and idea, and worth seeing.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from Perth UK

      Wow an amazing hub. So cool - I agree with ladyguitarpicker what a dreadful shame about all the rubbish people leave there. It's not respectful. Everything else is so creative though.

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      MarieLB 3 years ago from YAMBA NSW

      It is soooo unusual. I certainly like it for the 'newness' of the subject and the style too.

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      Reena Dhiman 3 years ago

      Its very funny and amusing hub. It's something that I have never read anywhere. Really an interesting hub!!! Keep up the good work

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      stella vadakin 3 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      Hi, like the cars but hate the trash. Interesting hub.

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      MarieLB 3 years ago from YAMBA NSW

      What a great article you wrote here. the person who dreamed the idea had a real brainwave. Something new, something different, and despite the distance to the site, people go there, some of them more than once, it seems.

      If I had to put a title to it I'd call it "Only in Texas!" LOL!!

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      Koszegi Szanella 3 years ago

      I love this Hub

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      Heather Burns 3 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      I live in Amarillo so....

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      Carol Houle 3 years ago from Montreal

      This is new to me, a little bizarre, but good to know. Thanks for the warm welcome to this former Squid. I appreciate it.

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      sbconcepts 3 years ago

      Very cool! Had heard about this but had never actually seen the pictures. You have an awesome collection! Thanks for sharing, will have to put it on our places to see.

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      Alisha Vargas 3 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      How fun! I've heard of these cars, but didn't know much about them. Seems like such a fun art form. It's too bad people seem to being to ruin it with all the trash, perhaps an artist who recycles spray cans should visit and make a new piece to display out of the trash.

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      cdcraftee 3 years ago

      What a great idea this would be for the countless rusty wrecks that once littered our famous Nullarbor Plain in Australia - minus the litter, we would hope.

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      'Vikk Simmons 3 years ago from Houston

      We do love our Cadillac ranch. LOL

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      Sed-me 3 years ago from An undisclosed location.

      My daughter's been there. We Americans will do anything wont we? :)

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      Denise McGill 3 years ago from Fresno CA

      I'm not really a car person but I thought this was awesome!!! I wish I could see it in person some day. Thanks for the view.

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      Deborah Swain 3 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Love the cars...the garbage is pretty depressing though...

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      Gilbert Arevalo 3 years ago from Hacienda Heights, California

      Incredible photos! I admit I've never seen anything like it. It would only be stranger if I saw one of those cars traveling alongside me on the road.

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      scifidimension 3 years ago from United States

      The cars look pretty cool... but I wish I were there to pick up those trash and sell them to the junk shop. Hahaha people don't realize there's cash in trash. Great hub, and amazing pictures!

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      KimGiancaterino 3 years ago

      I've seen articles about Cadillac Ranch, but never with so many photos. The litter is a shame. Surely someone can come up with a mosaic template to incorporate all those colorful can lids?

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 3 years ago from Templeton, CA

      I had heard of this place, but never seen it so well photographed. I plan to see this if we ever cross the country again.

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      Sandy Mertens 3 years ago from Wisconsin

      It looks trashing and amazing all at the same time.

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      Catherine Giordano 3 years ago from Orlando Florida

      Who knew! What a fun idea. Thanks for showing it to me.

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      Ibidii 3 years ago

      Thank you for welcoming me to Hub Pages! I am not sure if I saw these or not on the way to and from Oklahoma when I lived there. I am sure I have heard of these Cadillacs! I believe there are some we see in the Utah desert going west to Nevada. Great story and photos!

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      mumsgather 3 years ago

      Oh, my.. Your hub sure is entertaining as your profile promised. I like it!

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      Venkatachari M 3 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      It is really amazing to know that people are visiting and adding their strokes there. The child in us pops up at such occasions. Very great.

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      Country Sunshine 3 years ago from Texas

      I visit Cadillac Ranch at least once per year. In fact, I was there just 5 days ago! It's interesting to see what people paint on the cars, and how they change from time to time. I also recommend you take time to visit if you're in the area.

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      Jim 3 years ago from Kansas

      Great.....one more thing to add to my bucket list. Pretty cool!!

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 3 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      Now that would be interesting to see. At least painting them look prettier than a piece of junk just sitting there. Makes junk cars look more useful.

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      I'm not far from Amarillo, so next time I'm in the area I'll have to visit. The botanical gardens is also on my list of places to visit up there.

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      Diana Burrell-Shipton 3 years ago from Hubbard, Ohio, USA

      Wow ! awesome - turning garbage into art :)

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      love this! incredibly creative, the only problem I can see is if Aliens invaded and found these...they may think it's our 'Stonehenge' lol!

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      stereomike83 3 years ago from UK

      I love these impromptu tourist destinations that pop up in unexpected locations!

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      What a great article and photos. I know that I would have to stop and be a part of it. So glad I saw this article. Wish others would see how special this is and not ruin the experience by leaves their trash.

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      Ann Hinds 3 years ago from So Cal

      We have our own photos of the cars. Every time we go by there, we stop. We don't leave trash but it is a family thing.

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      Susan Hambidge 3 years ago from Hertfordshire, England

      I love art in any of its forms, but ones where people are involved themselves are the best. I can't wait to visit, somewhere in the next 2 weeks depending on how long the drive from Chicago takes us. I'll add my layer of paint on the most painted cars in the world. Thanks for these pics.

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      Kennedi Brown 3 years ago from Richlands, Virginia

      Wow, I've got to say I find these pretty. In their own way, that is. :) I guess it's how each car's graffiti reflects the personality of everyone who's painted on it all at once.

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      Neetu M 3 years ago from USA

      Cool, holestory! My now 21-year old daughter should have seen these before she painted her car during her senior year in high school! :) Hers was the most painted car on campus, but heck, nothing like these!

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      Venkatachari M 3 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Very interesting to know. Ten cars to paint and nobody to stop you. Very thrilling and crazy idea. Wish we could be there to enjoy it.

      Thanks for sharing such a great thing.

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      Joanna Chandler 3 years ago from On planet Earth

      LOL these people sure got time on their hands i wouldn't think of doing something like this. Maybe its fun the cars looks nice though.

      I agree with one of the hubbers above people needs to pick up their thrash it looks disgusting leaving it behind like that.

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      DChance 3 years ago

      Interesting but giving my son spray paint sounds too dangerous.

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      Larry Rankin 3 years ago from Oklahoma

      Cool! I'll have to get out to Amarillo and see it for myself.

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      Thief12 3 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Really interesting, hehe.

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      Foodeee 3 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Nice Hub, I think my first car had just as much paint on it. It was the only think that kept it together LOL. I would like to visit those cars and put my own stamp on them. Note to self bring rake to clean up all the trash.

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      Leon Moyer 3 years ago

      Next stop - Cadillac Ranch. Sounds like a great tourist attraction

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      VioletteRose 3 years ago from Chicago

      This is really interesting!

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      David Trujillo Uribe 3 years ago from Medellin, Colombia

      Awesome Hub. I love these highly creative ideas some people come up with to deal with others might consider as trash. To bad for the littering of graffiti cans and the Texas gov not considering this art and supporting it with some grabage cans around the place.

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      Marina 3 years ago from Clarksville TN

      These cars are better than stonehenge. The car stonehenge. Amazing!! Being painted so many times. I am glad people love to do this because it keeps this amazing tradition going so we can enjoy the colorful cars even though the sign says "graffiti prohibited." I wonder is the police not around when they paint the cars? Amazing story.

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      Mel Carriere 3 years ago from San Diego California

      This is truly a unique part of the American cultural experience. Great hub!

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 3 years ago from Philippines

      It kind of makes you think of the Easter Island heads. Years down the road, should the world make a transformation and has has changed but the cars remain, a new generation of people may wonder, Whazzat?

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      Susie Lehto 3 years ago from Minnesota

      How cool is that! :)

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      informationshelte 4 years ago

      The owner of Cadillac Ranch found a very clever way to make travelers get involved with those cars, by giving them a motive to "play" with the cars. I don't think passers-by would come even close to the cars if there was a sign prompting them to actually paint the cars, or any sign at all!

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      vibesites 4 years ago from United States

      Looks quite surreal! Cool and very intriguing hub you shared :)

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      I sure like the idea of just picking up a can and adding your own touch of creativity to something, although people do need to pick up after themselves. Someone should figure out how to make a dime from it in the name of a charity to cover the expense of picking up the litter. I'm going to put this on my ever-growing bucket list. Voted up +++ and sharing.

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      David Edward Lynch 4 years ago from Port Elizabeth, South Africa

      Those painted cars add color to the landscape and look awesome!

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      Elizabeth Parker 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      How interesting! I had never heard of this so I loved reading about it and looking at the pictures. Very cool!

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      Daniel Hensley 4 years ago

      Wow that's awesome. I wonder how thick the paint layer really is lol

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      Robert Allen Johnson 4 years ago from Fort Wayne, IN

      Love this!

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      Lynsey Harte 4 years ago from Glasgow

      This is so cool! I'd love to see it up close!

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      Connie S Owens 4 years ago from El Cajon, CA

      What we humans won't do for our few moments of fame. :) Great except for the litter, which of course I had to note. Wonder if the plastic lids are recyclable as well?

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      New Understanding 4 years ago from Northern California

      Wow, very colorful. I'm assuming that Stanley Marsh didn't intend his Cadillac art to become graffiti but it probably is more noticed this way then before that painting started.

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      Marsha Musselman 4 years ago from Michigan, USA

      At first I thought it looked like they were on a beach, not farmland. It looks like they are right off a road, hope it's not a busy road with all the activity of painting those cars. Interesting idea.

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      denden mangubat 4 years ago from liloan, cebu, philippines

      wow if you look at those cars from afar they're like one of the seven wonders of the world.these cars can be put in guinness as the most painted cars.the spray paint cans that were left can be sold for a little amount of money hehe.

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      Alison 4 years ago from USA

      Oh what fun. If I lived near this area I would go and I can't paint. Great hub thanks.

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      Bernadyn 4 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

      Interesting hub! I've never heard of this place and these painted cars but now I'm intrigued. Looks fun to stop by and I'm sure these cars look different now! Thanks for sharing :-)