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Off the Beaten Path: Mystical Horizons

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It's been called "Stonehenge on the Prairie."  

"The setting sun will line up exactly with those slots, marking the transition from spring into summer," says land surveyor, Brad Robertson. 

Brad Robertson, a land surveyor with World Engineering says this site chronicles the earths seasonal changes just like the world famous solar calendar in Wiltshire, England.  The people who constructed the prehistoric monument that measures the movements of the sun and moon didn't have access to the technology that helped create this attraction.

"We certainly had the benefits of GPS equipment, the power of computers, CDA programs made it a lot  
easier," says Robertson. 

Instead of building this astronomical observatory with boulders that weigh over four tons, Mystical Horizons is made out of granite stones and lots of cement so North Dakota's winter weather won't alter the precise positioning of the rock walls.
"There's probably as much concrete beneath the ground as sticking up above it," says Robertson. "The principle behind that was to prevent any frost heaving from adjusting those slots at all."

Visitors journey to this site year round and during the school year, field trips allow students to experience old school science.

"They're very quiet, very attentive and they seem to be very interested and in awe of what they are learning," says Mae Streich, Turtle Mountain Tourism Association president. 

Streich says a polaris sighting tube for viewing the north star and a sundial add to the allure of this place.

"There's also breathtaking views of the prairie, you can see forever on a clear night you can see the lights of Minot, that's 80 miles away," says Chamber  of  Commerce member, Clint Reienoehl. "The canopy of stars that hovers over the top is just wonderful."

Mystical Horizons is nestled in the Turtle Mountains, about a mile from the Canadian border and attracts sun and star gazers, winter, spring, summer and fall.
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