OK, I might have neglected to mention that on our four-states-in-one-day drive through the Great Plains, we did make one brief stop in Nebraska…
Make no mistake: We didn’t actually plan a special trip to get here—though I wouldn’t necessarily put it past us—but as it just so happened the road we were taking up to South Dakota also passed through Alliance.
Sure, I’d heard of Carhenge before, but it would have never occurred to me, “hey, I’m in Nebraska! I need to look for that wacky replica of Stonehenge made out of spray-painted cars!” But that’s where Twitter comes in handy; my friend Caroline, Omaha native, didn’t allow me to arrive in Western Nebraska without pointing out this fact.
Besides, I think I’ve mentioned before that this one is an automotive geek. How could I deprive him of such an attraction?
But Carhenge doesn’t stop at just cars. Oh, no, there’s a giant Spawning Salmon, too!
Of course there would be a giant Spawning Salmon. What car exhibit is whole without one? Random dinosaur head constructed from car parts, too.
There was also living, breathing “wildlife,” not of the mechanical variety.
Carhenge has been in Alliance since 1987. I’d dare say it drives the tiny town’s “tourism industry” (if you can call it that).
Car sculptor Jim Reinders constructed it as a memorial to his dad after having lived in England and studied every facet of the real Stonehenge, its layout and its purpose.
It’s such a random, bizarre little roadside attraction, but also one of the things I so love about this country.
Be sure and stop by this Sunday for a super-awesome Western giveaway!