Everything’s bigger in Texas, or so they say. So, it’s only natural that the Lone Star State boasts its own Stonehenge — well, a replica of that world-famous, prehistoric monument in Europe, you know the one. And, it's called Stonehenge II, natch.
And, it’s right smack-dab in the middle of the Texas Hill Country, which is a far cry closer than the plains of Salisbury, England — not that we’re discouraging you from crossing the pond to see the O.G. version, if you so desire.
After all, the real Stonehenge is one of the wonders (and mysteries) of the world. How did that ring of standing stones, dating back 5,000 years ago, really come to be — and why? Archaeologists credit the Neolithic Britons. However, if you’re into more woo-woo science, then you might subscribe to the notion of nature-worshiping Druids or space aliens.
However, Stonehenge II is no wallflower either and it’s definitely worth the price of admission, which is free BTW. But, who’s counting.
The doppelganger monument was created as an art project by the late Al Shepperd, a Hill Country Arts Foundation patron, and his neighbor, Doug Hill. It’s 90 percent the height and 60 percent the width of the original, and it took nine months to build.
For good measure, Shepperd also added two 13-foot Easter Island head replicas to his fanciful stone collection. No, this ode to the eastern Polynesian island has nothing to do with Stonehenge. But, we’re not arguing with the double feature that’s become nothing short of a destination sighting.
The big stone circle along with its Easter Island sidekicks were eventually relocated off of Shepperd's land — stone by stone — to where they rest today at 120 Point Theatre Road in Ingram, next to the Guadalupe River on the campus of the Hill Country Arts Foundation.
Regardless, you might still fool everyone with the faux ‘Henge when you post it on the ‘gram with the caption: Toto, we’re not in Texas anymore. Because, did you really visit megalithic monuments if you didn’t post them?!