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Near Goldendale in Klickitat County, Washington — The American West (Northwest)
 

Sam Hill Country

 
 
Sam Hill Country Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, August 2, 2010
1. Sam Hill Country Marker
Inscription.  In 1908 Samuel Hill (1857-1931) bought 7,000 acres on these slopes. He planned a Quaker farming colony, surveyed a 34-block tounsite and built a church, hotel, store, offices, garage and shops. His engineers built ten miles of experimental roads; as Washington’s first rural paved roads they proved Hill’s zeal as a promoter of highways. Three miles to the west he began construction of an old-world chateau, which in 1940 was completed as the Maryhill Museum of Art. In 1918-1929 Hill constructed the Stonehenge replica, America’s first World War I memorial, on the original site of his hotel. Fire eventually destroyed the buildings of the never-occupied townsite, leaving only Stonehenge, roads and stonework, and the Museum as monuments to the vision and energy of this public – spirit American.
 
Erected by Washington State Department of Transportation. (Marker Number 23.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureChurches & ReligionIndustry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location.
Wide view of the Sam Hill Country Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, August 2, 2010
2. Wide view of the Sam Hill Country Marker
With the Stonehenge World War I memorial visible just to the left of the marker.
45° 41.85′ N, 120° 49.165′ W. Marker is near Goldendale, Washington, in Klickitat County. Marker is on Lewis and Clark Highway (Washington Route 14) 1.1 miles east of Maryhill Ranch Road, on the right when traveling east. The marker is located at a scenic view pull-off overlooking the Columbia River where US-97 (North/South) and Washington 14 (East/West) intersect for .4 of a mile using the same stretch of road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Goldendale WA 98620, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Stonehenge (approx. 0.7 miles away); First Sight of the Columbia River (approx. 2½ miles away in Oregon); Deschutes River Crossing (approx. 6.3 miles away in Oregon); Deschutes River Crossing Oregon Trail Kiosk (approx. 6.3 miles away in Oregon); View of Mount Jefferson (approx. 7 miles away); Celilo Falls (approx. 7 miles away); Wyam (approx. 7 miles away); Great Falls of the Columbia (approx. 7 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. HistoryLink.org- the Free Online Encyclopedia of Washington State History: Hill, Samuel (1857-1931). Samuel Hill made the Northwest his home for a little more than 30 years, leaving a legacy of philanthropy, monuments, and highways still visible in the twenty-first century. (Submitted on August 15, 2010, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.) 

2. Maryhill Museum of Art
Maryhill Museum of Art (1940) image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, August 2, 2010
3. Maryhill Museum of Art (1940)
The gardens and chateau, built by Sam Hill, overlook the Columbia River Gorge across to Oregon on the opposite shore.
. (Submitted on August 15, 2010, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
 
Stonehenge image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, August 2, 2010
4. Stonehenge
Sitting on a bluff high above the Columbia River, memorial is visible for miles along the river in both Washington and Oregon.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 15, 2010, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,045 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 15, 2010, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.
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