Replica of England's Stonehedge, Texas
Like many travelers, I came to a screeching halt when I first saw the half-size replica of England's mysterious Stonehenge while driving through Texas Hill Country near Hunt.
Known as Stonehenge II, the country curiosity (at right) stands on private land. But visitors are invited to park their cars in a free lot across the street and walk around among the stones.
The creation was the brainchild of the late Al Shepperd, a local resident who was fascinated by ancient civilizations. It all started when a friend gave Al a large piece of limestone that was left over from a patio project.
He stood it on end in a field, and the rest, as they say, is history. The limestone chunk is the only real stone in the attraction; the rest of the "stones" are wire-mesh frames covered with a plaster-and-graphite mixture. After they weather for a while, they start to look like real rocks.
Hunt is on State Highway 39, about 15 miles west of Kerrville, which is on I-10, some 75 miles northwest of San Antonio. To see Stonehenge II, take Highway 27 northwest out of Kerrville to Ingram, where it becomes Highway 39. Follow Highway 39 for 6 miles to Hunt, then turn right (north) on Farm and Market Road 1340. Stonehenge II is about 2 miles farther, on the left side of the road.