There really isn't too much to this little state park. There is a camping area that take up approximately 2/3 of the space of the state park, and a day use picnic and swimming ground takes up the remaining 1/3 of the space.It should be understood that the wind in the Columbia Gorge is quite strong (there is a reason for all those big wind...more
Have you ever heard the saying "What in Sam Hill is going on?" Have you ever wondered why the name Sam Hill would be a mild expletive for bizarre ventures?It so happens that Samuel Hill was an eccentric and wealthy personality in the Pacific Northwest, and some of his more eccentric creations probably caused this saying to be created. Many...more
American has several stonehenges - replicas of the infamous original from the British Isles. The American Stonehenge at Maryhill is one of the most popular sitting atop a lonely bluff overlooking the town of Maryhill, Washington and the length of the Columbia River. It is a full-size identical replica astronomically aligned of the ancient monument...more
Not far from the Maryhill Museum stands Sam Hill's Stonehenge Memorial. A replica of the original Stonehenge, this one was dedicated as a World War I memorial in honor of the men who gave their lives during the war.Unlike the original, which was made from huge stones, this version is made of concrete and is back to its original state. For more...more
ok, let's make a long story short. Rich guy builds a house for his wife, she hates it, they split, it becomes a museum - Welcome to Maryhill Museum.Sam Hill has many interesting, if not eclectic, items on display. Everything from family photos and engineering tools to chess sets to Rodin sculptures. Quite an interesting mix, indeed. That said, we...more
I love Stonehenge. I had to visit this replica. It actually is a war memorial, built in honor of the sacrifice of men from the area during WWI. But even so it is life sized, a full and completely built concrete replica of the original. Near dusk I walked slowly into the circle of pillars, imaging it to be the real thing on the plain of Salisbury...more
I have created a tip for the sculpture garden for several reasons:1. The sculpture garden on the grounds of the Maryhill Museum of Art does not require an entrance fee, making them an interesting roadside attraction as an interlude on a long drive.2. The sculpture garden is a well shaded area and can be a nice picnic spot.3. Few visitors to the...more
Maryhill was originally not a community. Originally it was an estate owned by the Hill family. The grand house that overlooks the Columbia River was built Mary Hill. Unfortunately, Mary never did spend much time in this part of the country. Rumor had it she hated the dry landscape that her house overlooked.In any event, as the family was extremely...more
Concrete does give this place a certain stark. . . beauty? It's too bad that there aren't sheep grazing right next to the monument, as there used to be at the old Stonehenge. If you wish to use this place for an event or ceremony, permission must be obtained from the Maryhill estate nearby.more
The original (British) Stonehenge was constructed with large plinths that were apparently dragged over long distances and pushed or levered into place. Hill's modern Stonehenge was constructed with poured concrete, which he believed was the solution to most of the problems facing modern man. So perhaps it should be called "concrete-henge"...more
Sam Hill believed that the original Stonehenge was originally built to honor fallen warriors of an ancient civilization. After World War I, he wanted to do something to honor local soldiers who had taken part in the campaign in France, so he set his mind to constructing a replica of Stonehenge on the ridge overlooking the Columbia. Apparently he...more
If you are seeking the fastest way to get to Maryhill from most locations, the fastest thing to do is to take Interstate 84 and cross at the Samuel Hill Bridge from Biggs Junction, Oregon.
Highway 14 on the Washington side of the river is a narrow 2 lane road, and can be very slow if you get stuck behind some slow moving object. It can also be quite dangerous in places due to the curves and elevation of the highway over 1,000 feet above the river in places.
It should be noted that using this bridge avoids a number of local Maryhill attractions such as several vineards, and you might want to wander around a little bit, or take highway 14 to The Dalles and return to Interstate 84 there.
The bridge replaced a ferry that operated until 1962.
A great little fruit and vegetable stand enroute to the infamous American Stonehenge along the Columbia River. Friendly staff and good prices, fresh fruits and vegetables as well as tasty preserves. They also have dried fruits, nuts, chocolates, and other local farmer made products. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.
Maryhill Museum-$7.00 admission. I guess it's worth the price if you are really into Rodin.
One of the great features of the outdoor sculptures at the Maryhill museum is that they all have titles and ldescriptions about what the artist was thinging about for inspiration or otherwise a little information from the artist about what the work is representing.
Every single sculpture in their main sculpture garden has one of these signs.
Unfortunately, when I visited in August of 2007, it appeared that the massive, bizarre concrete sculpture overlooking the Columbia had lost its information and title sign.
This is unfortunate, as it would be very interesting to know what this thing is titled, and what it represents.
The appearance is a bit like the Columbia River fish ladders, only turned on its side.
Regardless, the contrast between this structure and the hills around it, and the scenery of the Columbia River it overlooks, has an interesting effect.
I have put this sculpture into the "Off the Beaten Path" category because the sculpure is near the RV parking lot for the Maryhill Museum of Art. Even when this parking lot was full of overflow vehicles during their annual art show, few people wandered over to the sculpture and the scenic pathway that winds through the sculpture and provides a great view of the surrounding scenery.
The web site below is for the Maryhill Museum of Art, but you do not have to pay admission to visit this particular sculpture as it is outside.
Samuel Hill made his fortune through a series of business deals and mergers. Originally from North Carolina, Hill married into the family of Railway magnate Benjamin Hill (no relation). His wife - Mary - and daughter - another Mary - were honored in the naming of the 70,000 acre estate Hill planned on the banks of the Columbia River here....more
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