Hubcap Ranch by Litto Damonte – Pope Valley, CA
Hubcap Ranch, Pope Valley (1955–85)
by Emanuel “Litto” Damonte (1892–1985)

A “wheel-eating pothole” on the road in front of Emanuel “Litto” Damonte’s farm inspired the 30-year Hubcap Ranch project. Begun in 1955, Damonte collected the scores of hubcaps lost to the pothole and hung them on the fence surrounding his property. Over the years, with the help of neighbors, the project eventually included over 2,000 hubcaps festooning his buildings and two miles of fencing. Litto continued to decorate the property with other materials, including chains he made with the aluminum “pop-tops” from soda and beer cans, until his death in 1985. He proudly welcomed visitors to view his creation, which received California Historical Landmark status in 1987.

The private residence is currently maintained by relatives of Damonte.
6654 Pope Valley Road, Pope Valley, Napa County, CA
Off of the Silverado Trail between Napa and Calistoga, up Deer Park Road to Pope Valley (a few miles) and then at the town of Pope Valley (it's actually an intersection), go left 2 miles NW.
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