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Stanley Marsh 3, Creator Of Texas Landmark ‘Cadillac Ranch,’ Dies

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"Cadillac Ranch" on historic Route 66  in Amarillo, 06 July 2003. As a tribute to America's relationship with one of it's favorite automobiles, a collective of artists called Ant Farm decided to place 10 Cadillacs, ranging from a 1949 Club Coupe to a 1963 Sedan, in a wheat field located west of Amarillo.  Cadillac Ranch is a popular stopping off point for tourists on historic Route 66 which stretches from Chicago to Los Angeles.  AFP PHOTO / Robyn BECK  (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

“Cadillac Ranch” on historic Route 66 in Amarillo, 06 July 2003. As a tribute to America’s relationship with one of it’s favorite automobiles, a collective of artists called Ant Farm decided to place 10 Cadillacs, ranging from a 1949 Club Coupe to a 1963 Sedan, in a wheat field located west of Amarillo. Cadillac Ranch is a popular stopping off point for tourists on historic Route 66 which stretches from Chicago to Los Angeles. AFP PHOTO / Robyn BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

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AMARILLO, Texas (AP) – Eccentric Texas artist and businessman Stanley Marsh 3, whose partially buried row of Cadillacs became a road-side tourist attraction in the 1970s, has died He was 76.

Paul Nugent, Marsh’s criminal attorney, says Marsh died Tuesday afternoon in Amarillo.

An heir to his family’s oil-and-gas fortune, Marsh bought the struggling KVII-TV in 1967, and turned into Amarillo’s top-rated television station.

His passion, however, was art. He was best known for “Cadillac Ranch,” a display of 10 cars seemingly standing on their noses along Interstate 40 west of Amarillo.

Late in his life, faced felony charges that alleged he molested teenage boys. He denied the claims.

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