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Neb. city accepts gift of quirky Carhenge site

ALLIANCE, Neb. (AP) -- The City Council in the Nebraska Panhandle city of Alliance has accepted an unusual gift: control of Carhenge, the state's junk-car tribute to Stonehenge in England.

The council voted Tuesday night to accept the structure and its 10-acre site, which includes a parking lot, picnic tables and gift shop.

Carhenge was built in 1987 by Jim Reinders and several relatives as a memorial to his father. It sits on land the family once farmed two miles north of Alliance. A few years later Reinders donated Carhenge to a nonprofit group, Friends of Carhenge, which will be turning over control to the city in October.

The monument is composed of 38 automobiles planted or otherwise arranged to resemble Stonehenge. The site attracts an estimated 75,000 to 80,000 visitors a year.