Stonehenge? Why not!

So, what happens when you have a rancher with an artist friend, a large left-over slab of rock, and display space?

You get Stonehenge II, just outside Kerrville, TX. In 1989, Doug Hill had a slab of rock left over from a patio project. His friend and neighbor Al Sheppard took the rock and made it into a menhir in a pasture. And since one rock needs a few friends, one slab became a rough arch became . . . a stone henge. The replica is only about two-thirds as tall as the original, but is nine-tenths of the horizontal size, so yes, the proportions are a bit off. In the early 1990s, Mr. Sheppard went to Easter Island, and two Moai-head statues now mark the ends of the henge.

After Mr. Sheppard’s death, the family gave the stones to the Hunt County Art Foundation. The rocks had been on private property but open to the public. Now they are in a public park across from the open-air theater and art center.

I didn’t inquire about renting the place for the Solstice.

It’s amazing what happens when you get two Texans, some unoccupied ground, and a slab of stone together. Why Stonehenge? Why not? It’s fun, makes other people happy, and gives the neighbors something new to talk about.

9 thoughts on “Stonehenge? Why not!

  1. I’d expect twice the size and at least one longhorn menhir, in Texas. Maybe it’s a good thing they didn’t get to the “hey, watch this!” stage.

  2. A radiolocation research lab near the U of Illinois looked like a parody of Stonehenge. Telephone poles for the uprights with cable connecting the tops of the poles. I saw it in the early 1970s, and it apparently was run for the US Navy. I haven’t been in that area for a few decades, so no idea if it’s still in existence. Alas, I couldn’t find any photos.

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