Carhenge near Alliance, NE
We had never heard of Carhenge until we arrived in Alliance, NE. First off Alliance, NE was just a stopover place for us, a one night stand. We did not even plan to unhook the truck from Cajunville. Then we started hearing about Carhenge and seeing signs. Even with prodding the guys did not want to unhook, so Carhenge was not going to be an attraction for us.
Heidi must have given Mike a pretty hard time, something to do with Chicken Stock, because the next morning he was unhooked and ready to drive us to Carhenge.
Driving out of Alliance with fields on each side of the highway, we could see nothing in the distance. Then there it was cars all painted grey jutting out of a field like they had been planted. They had been planted to replicate Stonehenge in England. Why?
While living in England, Jim Reinders, the artist of Carhenge, studied the design and purpose of Stonehenge. In the summer of 1987 his desire to replicate the physical size and placement of Stonehenge became reality in the form of Carhenge. Instead of stone Reinders used thirty eight automobiles making a circle 96 feet in diameter.
This unique arrangement has cars buried in five feet pits with their trunk end down. The cars that are used to form the arches are welded in place. All cars are painted gray to resemble stone. The heel stone is a 1962 Caddy.
We agree Carhenge is wacky yet also unique and well worth a visit.