The University of Missouri-Rolla’s half-scale replica of Stonehenge is featured within the pages — and on the cover — of "Missouri Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities & Other Offbeat Stuff," a new book by Josh Young.
UMR’s Stonehenge is one of several Missouri attractions featured in the book, published recently by Globe Pequot Press. UMR specialists in mining engineering, rock mechanics, explosives research, civil engineering and computer science combined forces in the early 1980s to develop the half-scale version of the original Stonehenge. The result was an award-winning megalith erected in 1984, and named one of the National Society of Professional Engineers’ 10 Outstanding Engineering Achievements of 1984.
UMR engineers created the replica from 160 tons of Georgia granite, using high-pressure waterjets to carve the megaliths from the stone. UMR Stonehenge may be seen near 14th Street and U.S. Highway 63 on the UMR campus.