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Time Travel To When Stonehenge Was New?

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No, not quite. This Stonehenge is on the north bank of the Columbia River, on the Washington State side. Yes, it is life size. Perfect for those of us who can’t make it to England.

It is actually a ­­­­memorial to soldiers who died in World War I. A plaque on the monument reads:To the memory of the soldiers and sailors of Klickitat County who gave their lives in defense of their country. This monument is erected in 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 alone can quench.

The memorial was built by Samuel Hill (May 13, 1857—February 26, 1931), a lawyer, businessman and advocate for good roads. He wanted to use stone from the area to build the monument but the local stone was not good enough to please him, so he decided to use reinforced concrete. He made it look like hand-hewn stone by lining the wooden forms with crumpled tin. The Stonehenge memorial was completed in 1929. Next to the memorial he tried to build a small town complete with paved roads. The isn’t anything left of town. There is a mansion that he had built for his wife but never lived in several miles to the west. The mansion is now the Mary Hill Museum.

Samuel Hill’s body was cremated and the ashes are in a crypt just below the Stonehenge Memorial.

The Stonehenge Memorial is about 100 miles east of Portland, Oregon and about 80 miles south of Yakima, Washington. A very worthy road trip.