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Stonehenge, on the Columbia River | Photography by Jay Frichette
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Stonehenge, on the Columbia River

The Stonehenge Memorial was built by entrepreneur Sam Hill as a tribute to the soldiers of Klickitat County, Washington, who lost their lives in World War I. Sam Hill’s Stonehenge is a full-scale replica of England’s famous Stonehenge in Wiltshire

Stone Henge WWI Memorial on the Columbia River

 

Stone Henge WWI Memorial 1

 

Stonehenge Burial Marker

 

Stonehenge WWI Memorial 2

This replica of Stonehenge¬† originally stood at the center of Sam Hill’s town of Maryhill, Washington and everything burned down except the Stonehenge itself.¬† History notes that there was no water system that could have enabled the fire to be put out. The monument was dedicated in 1918 but it wasn’t finished until twelve years later. Sam Hill died in 1931, living just long enough to see his Stonehenge completed.

Stonehenge WWI Memorial 3

Hill’s own tomb sits just below Stonehenge, overlooking the magnificent Columbia River Gorge.

Stonehenge WWI Memorial 4

Sam Hill, known for erratic bursts of manic energy, labored on his Stonehenge for twelve years before it was complete. By then he was in a deep depression, and he died soon afterward. He had himself buried next to Stonehenge, about halfway down the bluff, because he didn’t get along with his family. And there is no easy path to his grave, because he wanted to be left alone.

 

Bridge at Biggs Junction

The view of the Columbia by Biggs Junction from Stonehenge WA.

 

My be what's left of the old town of Maryhill

Abandoned building by Stonehege

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