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An American Stonehenge in Maryhill

 

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On a lonely bluff overlooking the Columbia River and the town of Maryhill, Washington, is a full-size replica Stonehenge. An almost identical copy of the more famous English Stonehenge, it was built by Sam Hill, a road builder, as a memorial to those who died in World War I.  Dedicated in 1918, the memorial wasnít completed until 1930. Hill passed away soon after he finally saw his masterpiece completed. He was buried at the base of the bluff; but, because he wished to be left alone, there is no easy path to his resting place.

 

The project began when Hill was mistakenly informed that the original Stonehenge had been used as a sacrificial site. He thus constructed his replica as a reminder that "humanity is still being sacrificed to the god of war.

 

Stonehenge in Maryhill, Washington

The Maryhill Stonehenge, courtesy Valkyrie Riders

 

The dedication plaque on this American Stonehenge reads:

"In memory of the soldiers of Klickitat County who gave their lives in defense of their country.  This monument is erected in the hope that others inspired by the example of their valor and their heroism may share in that love of liberty and burn with that fire of patriotism which death can alone quench."

Sam Hillís Mansion, as well as the American Stonehenge, are now part of the Maryhill Museum of Art, which also includes monuments to the soldiers of Klickitat County who died in World War II, Korea, and Viet Nam.

This concrete landmark can clearly be seen by all who enter Klickitat County on U.S. Highway 97.

There is no admission fee to visit the memorial; however, donations to its maintenance fund are always appreciated.

Contact Information:

Maryhill Museum of Art

35 Maryhill Museum Drive

Goldendale,  Washington 98620

509-773-3733

 

 

Kathy Weiser/Legends of America, © February, 2005

 

 

Stonehenge Replica in Maryhill, Washington

Stonehenge Replica in Maryhill, Washington

 

 

 

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