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Cadillac Ranch Amarillo Texas

Amarillo Texas (Route 66)

History: Amarillo’s history dates back to the late 19th century when it was originally settled as a railroad town. The town’s growth was greatly influenced by the arrival of the Fort Worth and Denver City Railroad in 1887. The railroad’s presence led to the development of cattle ranching and agriculture in the region.

The city’s name, “Amarillo,” is derived from the Spanish word for “yellow,” likely referring to the color of the local soil or the wildflowers that bloom in the area.

Route 66: Amarillo gained further prominence due to its location on the Historic Route 66, which was one of the original U.S. highways and stretched from Chicago, Illinois, to Santa Monica, California. Route 66 played a crucial role in the westward expansion and development of the United States, serving as a major route for travelers, migrants, and tourists.

Route 66 Attractions in Amarillo, Texas.

  1. Cadillac Ranch: This iconic art installation features ten buried Cadillacs placed at an angle in a field. Visitors are encouraged to spray paint the cars, resulting in a constantly changing and colorful display.
  2. The Big Texan Steak Ranch: Known for its massive 72-ounce steak challenge, the Big Texan Steak Ranch has been a Route 66 landmark since 1960. The restaurant’s distinctive cowboy-boot-shaped sign is a recognizable sight.
  3. Route 66 Historic District: This area in downtown Amarillo features restored and preserved buildings from the Route 66 era. It offers a glimpse into the past with vintage signage, shops, and eateries.
  4. Amarillo Route 66 Museum: This museum provides insights into the history of Route 66 and its impact on Amarillo and the surrounding region. It showcases exhibits, artifacts, and memorabilia related to the highway’s heyday

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