The Georgia Guidestones was a granite monument that stood in Elbert County, Georgia, United States, from 1980 to 2022. It was 19 feet 3 inches (5.87 m) tall and made from six granite slabs weighing a total of 237,746 pounds (107,840 kg).
It came about because, in June 1979, a man using the pseudonym Robert C. Christian approached the Elberton Granite Finishing Company on behalf of “a small group of loyal Americans”, and commissioned the structure. Christian explained that the stones would function as a compass, calendar, and clock, and should be capable of “withstanding catastrophic events”
The structure was sometimes referred to as an “American Stonehenge”. It was believed by the creators that there was going to be an upcoming social, nuclear, or economic calamity and wanted the monument to serve as a guide for humanity afterward. Though initially garnering little controversy, they ultimately became the subject of conspiracy theories alleging a connection to Satanism. Kandiss Taylor, a candidate in the 2022 Georgia Republican gubernatorial primary, called the Guidestones “Satanic” in a campaign ad; her campaign platform called for the monument to be removed.
On the morning of July 6, 2022, the guidestones were heavily damaged in a bombing, and were later dismantled on the same day.
And now it gets funny. Adding to the spectacle after the Georgia Guidestones were razed to the ground, online pranksters claimed officials had recovered a time capsule containing items from the late 1970s and early 1980s, including a signed issue of Playboy magazine featuring Burt Reynolds, a Peterbilt emblem, an 8-track of the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, and an ever-diminishing number of Quaaludes.
They opened the Georgia Guidestones time capsule and, uh… pic.twitter.com/yZBivYCPtn— Vulpine Outlaw (@Rad_Sherwoodism) July 9, 2022