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Birchdale, Minnesota: Basshenge

Not "bass" like the fish but "base" like the musical instrument. Unveiled July 4, 2001, by Chicago Symphony principal bassist Joe Guastafeste as a tribute to both Stonehenge and the double bass.

Hwy 11, Birchdale, MN
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.
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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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