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The solar eclipse from Carhenge, in pictures

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Carhenge in Alliance, Nebraska before the solar eclipse.
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ALLIANCE, Neb.- Skywatchers across the country took time out of their busy Mondays to watch a total solar eclipse -better known as the Great American Solar Eclipse of 2017.

Spectators donned special safety glasses to take in the rare occurrence- the first to cross coast-to-coast since 1918. Some attended special viewing parties along the eclipse’s path of totality, some just stepped out of their office or home to catch a glimpse and others went to Alliance, Nebraska, home of Carhenge.

Carhenge is a replica of Stonehenge built with old car bodies, as opposed to ancient stones.  One of the people who created it was quoted recently on NPR that it was “built with a lot of blood, sweat, and beers.”  

Jessica Hare, the manager of the Pit Stop, which is the gift shop at Carhenge, said that along with Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts she is expecting somewhere between ten to twenty thousand people to observe the solar eclipse.  
 
Alliance, Nebraska, is ranching country.  Kathy Wells, along with husband Taylor, are one of the several families in Alliance who have taken advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity and opened their ranch to people to park and camp in order to observe the eclipse in totality.  At a fee of $125.00 per car, it's a bargain compared to hotel/motel rates of several thousand dollars per night.
 
When asked how she heard about the eclipse, and that her ranch was in the path of totality, she said, “I heard about it on the radio in the truck.  We only get three stations here, and the Chamber of Commerce was going to have a meeting for people interested in hosting tourists for the eclipse, so we went.”  
 
The Wells Ranch hosted somewhere between 400-500 people for the eclipse.  They featured hay rides, a petting zoo, and offered cafeteria style lunch and dinner featuring locally raised beef in the form of hamburgers and hot dogs.  Their genuine hospitality was welcomed and returned.  
 
As the eclipse reached totality, cheers and applause rose from the pasture where people were parked camped.  It was indeed a wonder to behold. 

Check out some of the best photos of the festivities. 

 

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