“The first WWI monument”
The Maryhill Stonehenge was the first monument in the United States to honor the dead of World War I (specifically, soldiers from Klickitat County, Washington who had died in the still on-going war). The altar stone is placed to be aligned with sunrise on the Summer Solstice. Hill, a Quaker, informed that the original Stonehenge had been used as a sacrificial site, and thus constructed the replica as a reminder that humanity is still being sacrificed to the god of war. The monument was originally located in the center of Maryhill, which later burned down leaving only the Stonehenge replica. A second formal dedication of the monument took place upon its completion on May 30, 1929. Sam Hill, who died in 1931, lived long enough to see his Stonehenge completed. 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."
Awesome place to check out. It is a must see if you are traveling this road.
It can get really windy up here, but it doesn't matter because you've saved a ton of money on airfare to England!
Fascinating to think of one man builing this for his community to honor those passed while serving our country. Worth a quick stop to see and to check out the beautiful views of the Columbia River.
An Amazing place to check out. Well worth the stop. Great view of the Columbia river as well, from the Washington Side.
For what it is, I thought it was a great stop. Easy to get to, multiple fruit stands along the road and plenty of parking. In addition to the monument, which is self explanatory, there are really great views. The wind was whipping and we curtailed our stay; come prepared.
Really nice place to see. Has plaques explaining the origin. Lots of parking but none in the shade so be aware of that when traveling with animals in the summer
Sits right on the gorge which makes for a great view, but I wouldn't go out of your way for it. I do like the fact that it's dedicated to those who fought in WWI.
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