Jim said, “We were more than 30 people involved in building Carhenge And everyone seemed a little excited about it and we all gathered on the farm and some people were sleeping in the barn, some were in the house.We also had a 40-man military tent that we set up to sleep, cook and shelter from the elements while we worked.”
Jim and his family had some problems, which he talked about, saying, “At first, neighbors and local authorities looked at the memorial, and the city authorities filed a formal complaint, because the building was built on land for agricultural use and the Nebraska Attorney General’s office claimed that we had built an “unauthorized junk yard.” …but it wasn’t long before the unregistered “waste” attracted tens of thousands of visitors..
He added, “It took two years to gain some fame and acceptance. At first people were reluctant to wander around other people’s properties..But in the space of three or four years, we’ve seen 50,000 or so people stop by to take a look..”
Jim and his father replaced all car windows with metal panels and painted the structure gray to resemble Stonehenge..
The family eventually decided to donate the memorial to a non-profit entity under their management and some local supporters, and they built and maintained a visitors’ center before the council took over.
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