Texas To-Dos: May
Odessa and Ingram (Texas’ Stonehenges rock)
Perhaps nothing speaks to Texas ambition as much as the fact that our state contains not one, but two copies of England’s intriguing, mystifying Stonehenge.
Hunt landowner Al Shepperd and his neighbor Doug Hill built one in 1989, making good use of a chunk of limestone left over from Hill’s patio project. When Shepperd sold the land years later, the Stonehenge replica—along with recreations of two Easter Island heads—were moved to Ingram, where they now sit on the campus of the Hill Country Arts Foundation at The Point (also a delightful place to see indoors and outdoors plays).
In West Texas, Odessa has a Stonehenge of its own on the campus of the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. In 2004, Associate Professor of Art Chris Stanley, whose students had been building small Stonehenge replicas as part of their coursework, teamed up with community leader Richard Gillham and the owners of TexaStone Quarries to build a Stonehenge on a larger scale. About 2/3 as large as England’s, Odessa’s Stonehenge has stones placed in the precise arrangement as the stones on Salisbury Plain, and it’s illuminated at night.
From the January 2013 issue.