"Sam Hill's Passion - Culture Comes to the Gorge" Maryhill by yooperprof

Maryhill Travel Guide: 19 reviews and 91 photos

Spectacular River Views

Maryhill is a small town on the Washington side of the Columbia Gorge. It boasts a full-size replica of Stonehenge, and a museum largely dedicated to Queen Marie of Romania. You never know what you're going to discover in Small-town America! Outside Maryhill are some amazing views of the Columbia River Gorge, a place which well-desrves its designation as a National Scenic Area.

Build it and they will come. . .

Maryhill is the product of a genuine American visionary and eccentric, Sam Hill. Hill was a brilliant Seattle area businessmen, entrepreneur, and enthusiast for cement. This turn of the century visionary hoped to make the desert bloom, with the aid of cultivation, irrigation, and paved roads. The desert did not bloom, but Hill's legacy can be seen in the Maryhill Musuem, in the replica of Stonehenge which he build to honor the dead of World War I, and in many of the roads that line the rim of the beautiful Columbia Gorge.

The Columbia River is heavily dammed, both here and upstream. It's not so great for the river itself, or for the wildlife which formerly inhabited the region, but it is quite advantageous for the agricultural, industrial, and urban consumers of the cheap electricity which the dams produce. What are you gonna do?

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  • In a nutshell:A good place to explore the Columbia Gorge
  • Last visit to Maryhill: Jul 1999
  • Intro Updated Feb 24, 2003
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  • mtncorg's Profile Photo
    May 20, 2005 at 1:05 PM

    Nice tips from Maryhill. There is a great winery just downriver on the WA side - Cascade Cliffs - that can really get you in the right mood for Stonehenge too ;-\

  • Jonathan_C's Profile Photo
    Feb 3, 2004 at 5:28 AM

    Great page on Maryhill. It is an amazing place to stop. Highway 97 is way more interesting than I-5 if you're travelling from Washington to California.

  • Confucius's Profile Photo
    Jul 5, 2003 at 11:26 AM

    What a wacky sight in Washington state; a concrete Stonehenge. Next thing you know somebody will build a Great Wall in the Palouse to keep WSU students from crossing the border to buy beer in Idaho.

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