Texas Attractions: Stonehenge Odessa
Location: On the campuse of the University of Texas of the Permian Basin
About Stonehenge Odessa:
What is Stonehenge Odessa? It's almost the same as the original Stonehenge, except it's not quite as tall. And it's in Texas instead of England. And it was built by volunteers hoping for a tourist attraction, not druids (although some of the volunteers might have been druids, who knows).
Stonehenge Odessa is an exact replica of the original in a horizontal sense. Vertically, it's a couple feet short of the original. The tallest rocks in the original structure reach to 21 feet in height; at Stonehenge Odessa, 19 feet is the maximum height.
This version of the megalithic stone structure was erected in 2004 on the northeast side of the University of Texas of the Permian Basin, using stone slabs donated by owners of an area lapidary.
The university incorporates the replica into classes on astronomy, history and mathematics, among other subjects. But visitors to Odessa find this Stonehenge to be a great spot for photographs.
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