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.
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.
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.
landmark can clearly be seen by all who enter Klickitat County on U.S.
There is no admission
fee to visit the memorial; however, donations to its maintenance fund
are always appreciated.
Maryhill Museum of Art
35 Maryhill Museum Drive
of America, © February, 2005
Stonehenge Replica in Maryhill,