Alliance, Nebraska... Would we have ever gone out of our way to visit it? Probably not. Until I was researching things to do in Nebraska and came across Carhenge. It is exactly what it sounds like – a replica of Stonehenge, but made with vintage American cars spray painted grey.
Jim Reinders, a local of Alliance, NE, is the creator of Carhenge. He spent seven years working in England and was inspired by Stonehenge to make a “Stonehenge West” in his hometown. Not having large slabs of stone readily available, he used what he could easily find – old cars. Once he had it planned out, it was quickly constructed in six days during his family reunion and finished on June 21, 1987. Reinders obviously has a sense of humor, because when asked why he built Carhenge, his reply was “Why not?”
Car Art Reserve
Carhenge has added additional sculptures made from car parts, including “Spawning Salmon,” “The Fourd Seasons,” a car you are allowed to sign, a dinosaur, a station wagon turned into a pioneer wagon, and a car with the inscription, “Here lie three bones of foreign cars. They served their purpose while Detroit slept. Now Detroit is awake and America’s great!”
We went on a particularly windy day, so a leisurely walk around the property wasn’t really an option. However, the weather didn’t make this any less impressive of a sight to see. Would we drive back to Alliance, NE to see it again? Why not?