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Ingram in Kerr County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

History of Stonehenge II

 
 
History of Stonehenge II Marker image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, September 1, 2019
1. History of Stonehenge II Marker
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In 1989, Kerr County native Doug Hill finished work on the back patio on his Hunt, Texas property and was left with one extra limestone slab. As a joke, he offered it to his good friend and neighbor, Al Sheppard, who then accepted it and stood the slab upright in the middle of his pasture. Sheppard and Hill liked the look of the monolith and built an arch around it. The 13 foot arch reminded them of Stonehenge in England. Soon a vision formed and Sheppard contracted Hill to build their very own Stonehenge II.

The original Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England was erected around 2500 B.C. and is believed to have functional as an important site for religious or astrological ceremonies. Sheppard and Hill's project took about 9 months to complete. Hill fabricated the stones from steel, metal lathe, and plaster and anchored each with cement. Stonehenge II is 90% as wide and 60% as tall as the original. Later, after visiting Easter Island off the coast of Chile, Sheppard was inspired to add two 13- foot tall Moai head statues to the collection.

Al Sheppard passed away in 1994 and his property
The view of Stonehenge II image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, September 1, 2019
2. The view of Stonehenge II
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stayed within the family. In 2010, the Sheppard Family donated Stonehenge II and the Moai to the HCAF in memory of Al, a long-time supporter of the organization. After funds were raised, the structures were moved to their current home on this campus in 2012.

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Doug Hill (left) and Al Sheppard (right) stand with their original stone

Stonehenge II being installed in its new home at the Hill Country Arts Foundation
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Man-Made Features. A significant historical year for this entry is 1989.
 
Location. 30° 4.328′ N, 99° 14.885′ W. Marker is in Ingram, Texas, in Kerr County. Marker is at the intersection of Point Theatre Road South and State Highway 39, on the right when traveling south on Point Theatre Road South. The marker is located in the Lions Park next to the Hill Country Arts Foundation. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 120 Point Theatre Road South, Ingram TX 78025, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Ingram (approx. ¼ mile away); Mary Ann Kent Byas Chambers Morriss (approx. 1.8 miles away); Nichols Cemetery (approx. 2 miles away); Henderson Cemetery (approx. 2 miles away); Site of Sherman's Mill (approx. 2.6 miles away); Gatlin Site (approx.
Easter Island head image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, September 1, 2019
3. Easter Island head
4 miles away); First Christian Church (approx. 4.2 miles away); Schumacher Crossing on the Guadalupe River (approx. 4.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ingram.
 
2nd Easter Island head image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, September 1, 2019
4. 2nd Easter Island head
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 10, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 10, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 49 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 10, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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