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Carhenge


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Sometimes while traveling the back roads of the USA, it can be tricky to find tricky to find interesting places to feature. The United States has plenty of strange and unusual sights, but because to the vastness of the country, I frequently find myself far from major population centers and tourist destinations. Once in a while, I stumble across a quirky location almost in the middle of nowhere. One such instance happened on a recent trip to western Nebraska.


Aside from a few buttes and bluffs, the terrain was mostly rolling prairie, typical in much of the central US. It’s not the sort of place one expects to find this.
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On an empty stretch of Nebraska route 87, not far from the town of Alliance sits Carhenge, a scale replica of Stonehenge. The cars, all painted gray, replicate the current condition of England’s most famous ancient monument. The location is curious in that Carhenge is almost 90 miles from the nearest Interstate highway, meaning most tourists have to go out of their way to visit. Fortunately, I was on my way between the county seats of Rushville and Alliance, giving me the opportunity to see this wonder of the modern world without deviating from my planned route.

Amazingly, this is not the first Stonehenge replica I’ve encountered on my travels. Some may recall the concrete Stonehenge in Washington State along the Columbia River which from my visit last summer. In case you forgot, here's the link On the Road Again...Finally. Nor is Carhenge the only automotive art installation I’ve seen. Way back in 2014, I visited the Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, TX. It’s located along I-40, so it’s a lot easier to reach.

Though this trip only consisted of a weekend, I still managed to add an additional 15 counties to my list, 12 in Nebraska and 3 in Colorado. The tally for the year is now at 44. If all goes well, I might be able to bring that total to 100 before the year is done. Here are the before and after maps from my latest trip.
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At the moment, I don’t know when my next county trip will be. I’m off to NYC for a weekend in June, and then to Greece in July. It’s possible I might try to collect a few more counties in August, but there is nothing currently in the works. I’m certain there will be a few more blog entries later in the year, but don’t expect anything for the next few months. Be sure to check back around the end of summer or the beginning of fall.

Until then…

Happy Travels
Brian

Posted by countycollector 13:49 Archived in USA Tagged carhenge nebraska county_collecting

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