Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, England made from a ring of giant standing stones. Carhenge is relative new monument in Alliance, Nebraska made from a ring of regular-sized standing cars. That’s right: Stonehenge made of cars.
On our Mount Rushmore road trip, my friend Emily and I had been driving all night, it was getting dark, it was getting late, we were tired, and we just wanted to find a hotel in Nebraska. We finally saw a patch of lights and pulled off into Chadron. We got food at a diner and then drove around the town looking for a vacancy.
There were none.
So, we kept driving, an hour more, to Alliance, Nebraska. We checked into a Days Inn — while they had a free room, all the towels had been used, ice was in the ice bucket, an opened bar of soap was on the bathroom counter, the air conditioner was making strange noises.
But none of that mattered. We had made it all the way to Alliance and we had beds to sleep in and in the morning we were going to our first stop of the day, something so important that even the Days Inn Guide listed it first in the section titled “things to do in Alliance, Nebraska.”
We were going to see Carhenge.
Carhenge is a replica of England’s famed Stonehenge made from, well, cars. All of the elements are there — from a circle of upright vehicles to a heel stone — and Carhenge Nebraska mimics the original in size and placement.
Carhenge in Nebraska stands at 96 feet in diameter and is made up of 38 gray-painted cars.
Artist Jim Reinders created the roadside attraction in 1987 as a tribute to his father, Herman Reinders. The car art was met with some resistance from the city council, who ordered it torn down. Luckily, other locals formed a Friends of Carhenge alliance to save it from destruction.
Luckily indeed. Because now, over three decades later, this Stonehenge made out of cars is still one of the most popular roadside attractions in Nebraska, if not the entire united states. Want to see for yourself?
Photos of Carhenge in Alliance, Nebraska:
Carhenge, Stonehenge Made of Cars
Location: 2141 County Rd. 59, Alliance, NE 69301
Hours: Open daily at all hours. Daylight hours are preferred.
Cost: Free. Donations are accepted.
Date: August 31, 2008
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