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Carhenge, which replicates Stonehenge, consists of the circle of cars, three standing trilithons within the circle, the heel stone, slaughter stone, and two station stones, and the Aubrey circle, named after Sir John Aubrey who first recognized the earthworks and great stones as a prehistoric temple in 1648. It was not until excavations undertaken in the 1920’s that they were found to be holes cut to hold timber uprights. A total of 56 holes were discovered and named the Aubrey Holes in honor of John Aubrey’s observation. The artist of this unique car sculpture, Jim Reinders, experimented with unusual and interesting artistic creations throughout his life. While living in England, he had the opportunity to study the design and purpose of Stonehenge. His desire to copy Stonehenge in physical size and placement came to fruition in the summer of 1987 with the help of many family members. Thirty-eight automobiles were placed to assume the same proportions as Stonehenge with the circle measuring approximately 96 feet in diameter. Some autos are held upright in pits five feet deep, trunk end down, while those cars which are placed to form the arches have been welded in place. All are covered with gray spray paint. The honor of depicting the heel stone goes to a 1962 Caddy. Additional sculptures have been erected at the site, known as the Car Art Reserve. One of the first sculptures to be added is a sculpture of a spawning salmon created by 29 year-old Canadian Geoff Sandhurst. Reinders’ “Ford Seasons”, comprised only of Fords and inspired by Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, suggests the Nebraska landscape’s seasonal changes as wheat is planted, grows, is harvested, and then lies barren during a windy winter. In 2006 a visitor center was erected to service the site. Carhenge’s uniqueness, novelty and unusual components continue to draw the attention of film and television production crews as well as over 80,000 tourists from all over the world. As the second most popular tourist site in Nebraska, Carhenge provides a tremendous ownership opportunity for entrepreneurs. Currently Carhenge is operated as a nonprofit and the proceeds from its sale will go to pay off a small operating note with the remainder to be spent on promoting tourism in Alliance and college scholarships. For more information call James Land Company at 307-326-3104.
Other Info: To view the Carhenge website CLICK HERE. To view more pictures in the Carhenge Photo Gallery CLICK HERE. To videos of the Carhenge site on Youtube.com CLICK HERE.