Mystical Horizons hill view.

Mystical Horizons: 21st Century Stonehenge

Field review by the editors.

Bottineau, North Dakota

This remotely located solar calendar of astronomically configured boulders and a sundial was the vision of pilot Jack Olson, who died four years before it was completed in October 2005. He had picked this exact spot in the Turtle Mountain Recreational Forest, but it wasn't until the various pillars and monuments -- most made of brick -- were erected that engineers realized that Olson had chosen the only place in the region with the coordinates and elevation that would have worked.

Plaque on monument for John Olson Jr.

Mystical Horizons is a popular spot on the solstices and equinoxes, but it remains quiet for the rest of the year.

Mystical Horizons: 21st Century Stonehenge

106th St. NE, Bottineau, ND
From Bottineau drive west four miles on ND-5. Turn right (north) onto ND-14. Drive 9.5 miles. Turn right (east) onto ND-43. Drive 1.5 miles. Entrance on the left.
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Four Chaplains MemorialFour Chaplains Memorial, Bottineau, ND - 9 mi.
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Four Arrows Monument, Belcourt, ND - 36 mi.

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