Montana’s Stonehenge: Big Sky


photos by Bob LeBlanc, with permission

Montana has the kind of landscape that  just begs for a Stonehenge replica, but that requires someone with the henge-building bug plus the space and money needed  to implement it. Could it be that the land itself lured in the well-to-do, brilliant inventor Jim Smith, who just happened to have a friend in the stone/masonry business? Voila! Big Sky Stonehenge!

This replica stands on a private golf course in northwestern Montana that isn’t open to the public. It did attract some interest among the crowd who use Google Earth to scan the earth for odd and interesting things, but there’s  really not anything mysterious about it beyond the Clonehenge Principle: that strange something that impels people to build Stonehenge replicas.montana-fireworks2

Montana’s Stonehenge, on a golf course near Crystal Lakes, is made of limestone blocks, with great care taken to match the original in size and proportion. Some say it is the most exact copy of all the replicas, but as connoisseurs would point out, many criteria exist beside the sizes of the stones and the proportions of the layout. Things like the ditch and bank and the Aubrey holes seem to be missing as far as we can tell from the gallery photos, and certainly the shapes of the stones were not copied as closely as they were in the cardboard replica or the U. K. Foamhenge.

Nevertheless, this is a beautiful henge. If you can, be sure to look over the gallery at the underlined link above. Score: 8 druids for this stirring structure!

5 thoughts on “Montana’s Stonehenge: Big Sky

  1. Thank you for posting that, Worker! That’s a perspective we don’t often consider. You must know it better than anyone at this point.

    So, you haven’t seen any aliens or been transported suddenly to another dimension, then? Conspiracy theorists, please take note!

  2. I saw this replica september 2009 after visiting with some friends in Montana and i have to say that it is the most amazing and breath taking thing i have ever seen, after speaking with Jim you can only marvel at the man for the utter determination and attention to detail he so painstakingly applied to the project to recreate such a fantastic piece of history! Hopefully his creation will be around as long as the original to mark such an intelligent and passionate individuals dreams and accomplishments forever more

  3. Thank you for adding to our information on this replica. Truly one of the best!

  4. I would like to add that this precise replica of Stonehenge is also celestially correct and is aligned for the hemisphere in which it was built. The inventor / creator took the time and effort to calculate the layout of this beautiful piece of art to coincide perfectly with the summer and winter Solstices i.e., when the sun rises over the mountain peaks of Montana the stones are in exact alignment with the sun rise just like the real Stonehenge. Quite astonishing and breathtaking!

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