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Sculpted in steel: Rural creativity

Carhenge, a monument made of cars

Mar 02, 2020

A cold sun rises above Carhenge, the hulking labor of love planted three miles north of Alliance in west-central Nebraska.

Built as a memorial to his father, the site was created by Jim Reinders who was inspired by Stonehenge, the prehistoric monument in England. Dedicated during the 1987 summer solstice, Carhenge includes 39 vehicles, all sporting a neutral coat of gray paint and welded in place in a circle nearly 100 feet in diameter.

The site draws 60,000 visitors every year. Even more arrived to experience the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017, which drew more than 700,000 people to Nebraska, making it the largest tourist event in the state’s history.

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