Top 5 Tackiest Tourist Traps


Various Stonehenge Tributes

Carhenge! Where the Chevys live, and they do live well.
Carhenge! Where the Chevys live, and they do live well.
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What better way to show your tacky stripes than to erect a pseudo-replica of a famous historical landmark for all to see? There must be something about Stonehenge, the famous prehistoric monument located on the English countryside. There are no fewer than a half dozen tributes to the real thing located across the United States. If you're near Maryhill, Wash., you can visit the first and perhaps most accurate of these replicas. The reinforced concrete structure is built to scale and was originally christened as a tribute to the fallen soldiers of World War I in 1930.

Then there's "Carhenge" -- a Stonehenge homage made from 38 junked cars and trucks. Each vehicle in this Alliance, Neb., monument is painted flat gray to match the real thing. Farmer Jim Reinders built it as a tribute to his father, and although some citizens wanted it torn down, it still stands. Retired oilman Al Shepperd of Kerrville, Texas, built a 60-percent-scale Stonehenge replica on his land after considering a pyramid and a fake UFO crash site. To spice things up, Shepperd also has a couple of Easter Island statue replicas. Finally, we have "Stonefridge," a replica in Santa Fe, N.M., that's made of, you guessed it, old refrigerators. Artist Adam Horowitz spent nine years erecting the tribute on an abandoned landfill. Horowitz broke tradition with the other Stonehenge replica builders by not sticking to the original specifications. What he ended up with was 200-plus refrigerators stacked 18 feet (5.4 meters) high in a semicircle with separate fridge towers in the center.