Texas II, Stonehenge Fever

stonehenge-iiaphoto by knobonk, shown by permission

We mentioned when we posted the Odessa Stonehenge that Texas was one of the states that boasts (at least) two large Stonehenge replicas. This is the other, a neat little circle tucked into the Texas Hill Country. We don’t doubt that, as the Stonehenge II website says, it makes quite an impression when unsuspecting family and friends arrive there on what they thought was just a drive in the country!

The effect is enhanced by the presence of Easter Island heads, one on either side of the henge, made by the same steel mesh and plaster method as all but one of the “stones” in the complex. Apparently a totem pole was planned, too, but couldn’t be executed before the death of the man behind the monument, Al Shepperd. You can see more of the site’s history here and here.

Another case of “Stonehenge Fever” as the Roadside America site calls it, that inexplicable something that makes Clonehenge possible. We have warmed to this circle since we first saw it. The flat pasture is a plus and the charming thought of children playing hide-and-seek among the stones is irresistible. How many replicas can allow that? Score: 8 druids for this family-friendly Stonehenge!

You can see it on Google Street View here.

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6 thoughts on “Texas II, Stonehenge Fever

  1. Note to readers: If you checked where it says “Notify me of new posts via email.” you only subscribed to comments on this Clonehenge post, not to the blog. You can subscribe to the blog here: http://bit.ly/bbYfF9 Thanks!

  2. Thanks for the good words! And if you get the urge to make another Stonehenge, please send photos!

  3. The Houston Chapter of the V-Max Owners Association (VMOA), a motorcycle club, used Stonehenge II to stage a human sacrifice during one of our rides in the Hill Country. The victim was a good sport and the picture made the cover of the club magazine.

    For a research project in the seventh grade, I made a model of Stonehenge using Styrofoam.

    In 1971 while in the Army, I visited the real Stonehenge in England on the day of the Summer Solstice. You could walk among the stones back then.

    On a motorcycle trip in 2003, I stopped at Mini Stonehenge in Washington state.

    http://www.best-motorcycle.com/rides/tour-mini-stonehenge.shtm

    I like all things Stonehenge. Keep up the good work.

  4. It never fails to amaze me how many hits I get via Google for my blog post on this neat hill country front yard. I sincerely wish I lived nearer to this – as it is I can only manage to get back to the area every few years. I encourage anyone who decides to visit to put a few dollars into the tip box – every time I’ve gone back to the place people have always dropped litter, beer bottles, etc. around the place, and it always makes me realize that the family is having to put a bit of time into maintenance and upkeep of the place. In an eccentric state like Texas this is one of the front yards you can’t drive by without smiling.

    But then, I suppose I’m somewhat eccentric myself and probably biased!

  5. Pingback: Kennewick Man–Washington State again « Clonehenge

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