Carhenge, the wacky tourist attraction in western Nebraska, will have a new owner.
The Alliance City Council voted 4-1 Tuesday to accept the Stonehenge-style circle of automobiles as a gift from the nonprofit Friends of Carhenge organization.
Carhenge was constructed in 1987 in a farm field two miles north of Alliance. An estimated 80,000 people visit the site annually, according to state tourism officials.
Carhenge consists of 38 automobiles placed to assume the same proportions as Stonehenge, the prehistoric temple in England. The circle measures 96 feet, just as it does at Stonehenge. Some autos are placed trunk-end down in pits 5 feet deep. Other autos are welded to form arches across the vertical vehicles. All are painted gray.
The city will take possession of the 10-acre site Oct. 1. City Manager J.D. Cox said the city will initially spend about $15,000 in ground improvements, including paths. Summer sales and donations are expected to continue to cover the annual $39,000 maintenance costs, he said.