Stonehenge – Maryhill, Washington

Did you know there is a full-scale replica of Stonehenge situated above the Columbia River in Maryhill, Washington? I had no idea. You just never know what you’re going to come across when you don’t actually plan out the day’s adventure … just letting the good ole back roads lead the way. 🙂

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Stonehenge, Maryhill, WA

Samuel Hill, a local entrepreneur and early advocate of building the good roads in Washington I mentioned earlier, commissioned the Maryhill Stonehenge in the early 20th century. Dedicated on July 4, 1918, the monument was the first in the United States to honor the dead of World War I; especially the soldiers from Klickitat County where the monument sits.

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Apparently Mr. Hill, a Quaker pacifist, was misinformed about the intent and use of the original Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England. He believed the original stone structure was used as a site for human sacrifice. Hence the inscription on the dedication plaque on the altar.

The inscription on the altar at Maryhill, Stonehenge

The inscription on the altar at Maryhill Stonehenge

The dedication plaque on this Washington Stonehenge is inscribed:

“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.”

Here are a few various shots from in and around the monument …

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The view of the Columbia River from the monument is spectacular …

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We’ve been having a great time finding the “free things” to do on this boondocking excursion. Who says you have to spend a lot of dough to have a good time? 🙂

Have you done any free sightseeing lately? We’d love to hear about it, drop us a line in the comment section below. Thanks!

~Cheers~

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6 thoughts on “Stonehenge – Maryhill, Washington

  1. Very cool! We haven’t been out exploring for quite a while now, but since winter seems to be (finally, almost) over, we’re looking forward to getting out soon.

    • I thought of you today Diane … we’re in Wyoming now and getting snow! I can honestly say the words WTF popped out of my mouth once or twice. Yikes! Soooo was not expecting to see snow. LoL

  2. Wow. Beautiful spot. Dan and I want to head out that way next year. Wish you kids would still be in the area! Would love to bump into you and the Mr. 😉

    • I definitely see cocktails in our future … just gotta get those stars to align! One of these days … 😉

  3. What a great find and shots. And you have sun. Soooooo jealous. It finally came out today! 🙂

    • Omgosh … I jinxed myself when I last said the weather was awesome! We’re in Rawlins, Wyoming now rolled into town just as the snow was starting to fly. They are expecting up to 8 inches and the interstate is closed. Yikes! Talk about culture shock. We were in shorts and flip-flops sipping Coronas on the shore of the Columbia River for Cinco de Mayo … now we’re huddled under the blankets having Red Box marathon. Warmer weather should be back around Wednesday or Thursday … just hope we don’t end up with a poop-cicle in the black tank before then! :-O Hope you enjoyed your Mother’s Day!

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