Stonehenge II

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View of Stonehenge II in its original location in Hunt, TX

Stonehenge II is an homage to the original Stonehenge monument and is located in the Texas Hill Country. Stonehenge II was conceived by Al Shepperd and built with the help of his friend and neighbor, Doug Hill. Originally located on FM 1340 west of Hunt, Texas, Stonehenge II now resides on the campus of the Hill Country Arts Foundation in Ingram, Texas (78025).

According to the signage at the site: "Stonehenge II is not a replica; it is about 2/3 the size of the original, and it is not oriented to the sun, as is the original. It is, however, Doug Hill's impression, in steel and concrete, of the nearly 5,000 year old circle of stones on the Salisbury Plain." [1]

In addition to the constructed and real stones comprising the monument, there are also two fabricated Moai, or Easter Island (Rapa Nui/Isla de Pascua) statues located at the Hill Country Arts Foundation. These imitation Moai are made of the same material as the Stonehenge II stones.,[2]

Relocation effort[edit]

Before Stonehenge II could be moved to Ingram, the Hill Country Arts Foundation started a 'Save Stonehenge II' campaign to raise the necessary funds to cover the costs of moving, repairing, and rebuilding the monument.

In the summer of 2010, Al Shepperd began searching for a new home for Stonehenge II after putting his land in Hunt, Texas up for sale. By December 2010, the stones and statues were moved to the new site, but not reconstructed.[3]

As of the summer of 2012, the Hill Country Arts Foundation raised the necessary funds to move the monument and statues to its new home on Foundation property near the Point Theatre in Ingram 30°04.3375′N 99°14.898′W / 30.0722917°N 99.248300°W / 30.0722917; -99.248300. Future plans for Stonehenge II include the addition of a dance floor, benches, and side walks to the site.

The new location of Stonehenge II sits directly in the path of the April 8, 2024 total solar eclipse. The duration of the eclipse will last for 4 minutes 26 seconds. [4]

Creation of Stonehenge II[edit]

Most of the stones are constructed of plaster applied to a wire mesh frame; however, two of the central stones are real, large, and probably unmovable without heavy equipment.

In popular culture[edit]

Stonehenge II was featured as a backdrop for a scene in an early episode of the NBC TV series Friday Night Lights (Episode 19: "Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes").

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stonehenge II: A little about the place". Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Stonehenge II Near Hunt, Texas". Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  3. ^ Stonehenge II begins journey to new home. Kerrville Daily Times
  4. ^ Total Solar Eclipse Path NASA

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