Birchdale, Minnesota: Basshenge

Not "bahhs" like the fish but "base" like the musical instrument. Built circa 2001 by Chicago Symphony principal bassist Joe Guastafeste as a tribute to both Stonehenge and the double bass.
Address:
Hwy 11, Birchdale, MN
Directions:
On the north side of Hwy 11 about 40 miles west of International Falls or 2.65 miles east of Birchdale. Frankly, it's not near anything.
Admission:
Free
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Basshenge. Basshenge

I was driving along the Canadian border on Highway 11 out in the middle of nowhere when I spotted these sculptures reminiscent of Stonehenge. There are 21 of them arranged in a circle, and some reportedly line up with the sun during the winter equinox. I learned that its name is "Basshenge," and that it was built circa 2001 by Chicago Symphony principal bassist Joe Guastafeste as a tribute to both Stonehenge and the double bass. They really ought to put up a sign or marker at the site so visitors know what they're looking at.

[Warren Gammel, 10/18/2012]

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