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Texas there is a driving force behind
many of the odd attractions that you will see here -- Stanley Marsh,
3. Marsh, responsible for the building of the popular
Ranch on old
didn't stop there with his "artistic endeavors."
said, "is a legalized form of insanity, and I do it very well."
Stanley Marsh, 3 made his mark on
Amarillo in more than one way. Though the
Texas millionaire was eccentric, he was also said
to be very down to earth, quickly disregarding the "III” as too
Ranch, Marsh moved onto other endeavors including a giant phantom
pool table that can only be seen from the air, to huge sculpted legs
south of the city, to a plethora of strange signs posted throughout
Amarillo. In any event, it's an
While Marsh didn't care
if you graffiti the
Cadillac Ranch as much as you like, you better not mess with his
True Texan in form, Marsh had more than
a few run-ins with the law over his brand of enforcement. At one
point, it was said that he penned an 18-year old boy with a hammer
inside his chicken coop, when the boy was caught red-handed with one
of his signs.
Marsh has painted a mesa to look like it’s floating, where hundreds of
sheets of plywood were painted sky blue on the side of a tall hill. Unless it's overcast, the resulting impression is that the summit is
floating. The mesa is located about 8 miles northwest of
via Tascosa Road.
is that of the Giant Phantom Soft Pool Table, who few have seen. The pool table sculpture is a 180-by-70 foot rectangle of dyed green
grass complete with 42-inch plastic balls. Saying "maintaining
good art should not be seen but dreamed about," he has kept his pool
table hidden somewhere on his thousands of acres of family land - seen
for the most part only by cows, cowhands, snakes and low-flying
airplanes. "I move it twice a year, on May Day and Halloween, or
whenever I feel like it," Stanley once said.
was also the man behind 200 signs on display at
homes and businesses. Looking very much like colorful municipal signs,
they don't dispense traffic or parking rules, instead they offer a
variety of offbeat slogans. One reads "Strong drink." "What is a
village without village idiots?" asks another. There are dinosaur and
ostrich "x-ings," signs that read "Road Does Not End." There was a
sketch of Mona Lisa with the words: "Men have loved her." On Monroe
Street, a Marilyn Monroe sign.
While the signs are spread
and the surrounding area, Old San Jacinto is the neighborhood where
you'll see them in the highest concentration. The ever-enigmatic Marsh
explained the signs, saying, "They are to be looked at."
The signs are just there, like the Rock of
Gibraltar or the Statue of Liberty. They are a system of unanticipated
rewards." Marsh provided the
official-looking diamond-shaped signs to anyone who will put them up on
their property. Stanley Marsh, 3 died in June of 2014 at the age of 76.
of America, updated June, 2014.
pictures of the Cadillac Ranch and Stanley's signs on the Next Page.
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