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Carhenge in Alliance

 

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Carhenge - Just north of Alliance Nebraska, along Highway 87, stands a replication of Stonehenge, England's ancient mystical alignment of stones that chart the sun and moon phases.  Nebraska's Carhenge, created from vintage American made automobiles, is a unique car sculpture that assumes the same proportions of the original Stonehenge.  Jim Reinders, the artist of this unique sculpture, has experimented with unusual and interesting artistic creations his entire life.  Having had an opportunity to live in England for a time, he studied the design and purpose of Stonehenge.

 

Carhenge in Alliance, NebraskaIn the summer of 1987, he along with the help of family members, built Carhenge with 38 automobiles in a circle measuring approximately 96 feet in diameter.

Some autos are held upright in pits five feet deep, trunk end down.  Others which are placed to form the arches have been welded in place.  All are covered with gray spray paint.

 

Carhenge has been preserved by Friends of Carhenge, a local group, who now owns and maintains it. Reinders donated the 10 acres of land where Carhenge is located. They have added a paved parking lot, picnic tables, and an educational display board.  Additional sculptures have been erected at the site, known as the Car Art Reserve.

 

Carhenge's uniqueness, novelty and unusual components continue to draw the attention of film and television production crews as well as over 80,000 tourists from all over the world.

 

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Friends of Carhenge
P.O. Box 464
Alliance, Nebraska 69301

 

Kathy Weiser/Legends of America, updated March, 2017.

 

 

Carhenge north of Alliance, Nebraska

Carhenge north of Alliance, Nebraska, July, 2006, Kathy Weiser. 

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Hand Knapped, hand-painted Apache Arrowhead.Hand Knapped, hand-painted Apache Symbol ArrowheadsSymbol Arrowheads - Hand knapped & hand-painted arrowheads. Each of these hand-chipped stone arrowheads is inscribed with Native American symbols. Arrow maker and artist Jose Zamora, a member of the Apache tribe, living in Colorado, uses a quill pen and India ink to add the symbols, which signify various strengths such as health, balance, luck, friendship, strength, protection and more. Each arrowhead, measuring about 1.5", comes with a story card identifying a number of symbols.

Native Americans have long believed that wearing a hand-carved arrowhead, as a talisman around the neck, is a symbol of protection, courage and strength. They also believed that the arrowhead protected them from illness and acted as a guard against the Evil Eye. It would deflect any negative energy, protect them from their enemies and absorb their power.

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