Chimney Rock National Historic Site & Carhenge

Trip Start Mar 02, 2011
Trip End Oct 14, 2011

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Landmark Country Inn

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Saturday, September 10, 2011

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My first stop today was the Chimney Rock National Historic Site. Chimney Rock is shaped like an inverted funnel. The unusual shape and it's location on the western edge of the prairie made it a useful landmark for people following the Oregon, California and Mormon Trails, all of which passed just to its north. The narrow spire at the top of Chimney Rock is shorter than it was when people were using the trails but it is still very distinctive. The Visitor Center has exhibits and a movie about Chimney Rock and the pioneers who passed through this area in the mid-1800s.

I then drove to Alliance, NE to see Carhenge, a replica of Stonehenge made out of vintage American cars. It was built in 1987 so the cars weren't quite as vintage then but they were still somewhat old. I'd guess that most of them are from the mid- to late-1960s but with many of the cars half-buried and standing on end and the windows covered so you can't see the interiors it's hard to tell. Some of them looked very familiar though.

I was at Carhenge around 3:00 and the lighting was terrible. I had a long drive ahead of me so didn't want to hang around until sunset. I'll have to stop back sometime. I drove to Murdo and got a room for the night.
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