Find your lost hubcap at Hubcap Ranch

If your car is missing a hubcap, it may be on this fence in Pope Valley. (Dec. 19, 2017)

If your car is missing a hubcap, it may be on a fence in Pope Valley.

Lost hubcaps have been accumulating on a small ranch since the 1930s. Hubcaps from just about every make and model can be found hanging, nailed up or in a pile.

Litto Damonte started the art installation. He hung up the first lost hubcap on his fence hoping someone would come back for it. Then he found another one. Then another one. Today the hubcaps can be found hanging on 40 acres of fence.

Litto passed away 1985 just before his 93rd birthday. These days his grandson Mike Damonte watches over the place. He's even helped add to the collection when he was a kid.

"I was one of seven kids and he would send us and our cousins out and he would say, 'I will give you one bit a piece. Throw as many hubcaps as you can in the back of my truck.' So, we would go steal our neighbor's hubcaps," Mike said.

Mike says most people knew where to find their hubcaps and shiny metal displays became kind of an invitation.

"He would waive them in and end up talking for hours," Mike said.

If you think Hubcap ranch is a crazy roadside attraction, think again. It's actually a historic landmark.

"He was what you call a folk artist. You don't call him a hubcap collector, he's a folk artist," Mike said.

Not only is this place a historic landmark, Hubcap Ranch was also a landmark for The US parachute team.

"They used to say they could see this area way up because of all the shiny areas from the hubcaps," Mike said.

Damonte says his grandfather lost count of all the hubcaps. So, it's hard to say how many there are. However, if the gate is open, feel free to count for yourself. 

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