With the winter solstice fast approaching, many New Age enthusiasts will visit England’s ancient site of Stonehenge, the axis of which perfectly aligns with the setting solstice sun. But only visitors with a pre-approved tour slot will actually get anywhere near the stones that day.
be less of a problem at Carhenge in Alliance, Nebraska, where
vintage cars replace the ancient stones in a piece-by-piece replica of the
Salisbury Plain landmark.
Nebraska monument was constructed in 1987 by Jim Reinders, who studied Stonehenge
while living in England. With the help of family members, he constructed the
38-car homage as a memorial to his late father, who grew up on the Nebraska farmland
where Carhenge now stands. The 1950s and ‘60s vintage cars (including a 1962
Cadillac as the heel stone) were spray-painted grey, welded together to form
the famous arches and placed in their proper positions. Over the years, other
artists donated their car creations (ranging from a spawning salmon to a
covered wagon), all of which are now displayed in the nearby Car Art Reserve,
located on the same piece of farmland.
organization Friends of Carhenge has managed the location for more
than 20 years, installing a visitor centre in 2006 among other improvements. But
the monument and the surrounding land are now listed for sale at $300,000 in hopes that a buyer will be able
to invest more money in visitor amenities for the 80,000 tourists who make the
pilgrimage each year.