Friends of Carhenge
Friends of Carhenge began as a crusade to save the popular tourist attraction from the wrecking ball. One of the founding members caught a message on the police scanner one day — the sheriff’s department was called to a property north of Alliance because “someone” was planting cars in a field there.
It was the week of the Summer Solstice and the Reinders family had gathered for a family reunion on Jim Reinder’s family farm. Reinders wanted to build something artsy, as a replica of Stonehenge, simply as a tribute to his father, Herman Reinders.
Soon the city council got involved and ordered the car art torn down. Councilman Paul Phaneuf worked on the idea of what the city would require to keep Carhenge alive. A public meeting of Carhenge supporters was arranged at the site and the response was overwhelming.
In September 1989, the Friends of Carhenge began the preservation projects for what is now known worldwide as Carhenge.
After the City of Alliance took Carhenge over on October 1, 2013, Friends of Carhenge remain active as the fund-raising organization for future development of the site and displays.