There are many odd and off the beaten path attractions abounding in this part of the country. One such sight is Carhenge. Looming eerily over the plains of western Nebraska, it is a cleverly designed replica of Stonehenge. A creation of Jim Reinders, Carhenge was built as a memorial to his father and is located on land Reinder’s father had farmed. Though I am sad to say I missed the solstice celebrations, I nevertheless enjoyed the experience of wandering amongst the ‘ruins’. And wander I did. Unlike Stonehenge, where the visitors are kept at a distance, Carhenge is open and allows for close inspection of the site. One wonders what those ancient builders of so long ago would think of this henge of the heartland.
If you find yourself with a free afternoon, take a drive out to Alliance, NE and enjoy a quirky bit of art, ruin, and reincarnate myth. At the very least you will definitely have a new appreciation of vintage American cars and the sacredness therein. (No imports were used in Carhenge). Don’t miss the outlying sculptures, especially ‘The Four Seasons’
For those interested in learning more about ‘Henges’ and their significance, the Library has some items available:
‘Mysterious Britain’ (DVD)
‘Stonehenge: Opposing Viewpoints’ – Roop, Peter
‘Stonehenge Decoded’ - Hawkins, Gerald S.