Quirky Nebraska - Great Plains Oddities & Unusual Attractions
Nebraska Fun Facts and
- Just north of Alliance
along Highway 87, stands a replication of Stonehenge, England's
ancient mystical alignment of stones that chart the sun and moon
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.
In 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
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.
Friends of Carhenge
P.O. Box 464
Alliance, Nebraska 69301
of America, updated March, 2017.
Carhenge north of Alliance, Nebraska, July, 2006, Kathy
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Symbol 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.
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.