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

Stonehenge

 
 
Stonehenge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 31, 2008
1. Stonehenge Marker
Inscription. The structure before you is the first monument in our nation to military personnel who gave their lives in World War I. (unreadable) 13 young Klickitat County men, it also serves as lasting reminder of the works of Samuel Hill, patron of this region. He established a townsite here, with postoffice, hotel, general store, nearly 10 miles of experimental paved roads, and the Maryhill Museum three miles to the west—all on his own land. His tomb is 50 yards distant, on the opposite side of this monument.

The design duplicates in size and original form England's famous Stonehenge (dated 1900-1350 B.C.) on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire. When Hill, a Quaker pacifist, visited England during the 1914-18 conflict, saw Stonehenge and was told it had been used for human sacrifices to pagan gods he remarked: "After all our civilization, the flower of humanity is still being sacrificed to the god of war on fields of battle." From that inspiration came this monument, built by Hill. On July 4, 1918 the altar stone was dedicated. The full structure was completed and dedicated May 30, 1929.

Today the sacrifice legend is generally discredited. Current belief is that Stonehenge was a device used by stone-age astronomers to measure time and mark seasons of the year by observing positions of the sun and moon. The diagram at
Stonehenge Monument image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 31, 2008
2. Stonehenge Monument
Marker is located next to the monument
left suggests how the original may have been used by its ingenious builders.
 
Location. 45° 41.672′ N, 120° 48.357′ W. Marker is near Goldendale, Washington, in Klickitat County. Marker can be reached from Stonehenge Drive mile south of Lewis and Clark Highway (Washington Route 14), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. The monument is visible from Stonehenge Drive. Marker is located next to the monument. Marker is in this post office area: Goldendale WA 98620, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sam Hill Country (approx. 0.7 miles away); Deschutes River Crossing (approx. 6.6 miles away in Oregon); Ancient Indian Fishing Grounds (approx. 8.1 miles away in Oregon).
 
Also see . . .  Roadside America - Sam Hill's Stonehenge. (Submitted on April 15, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.)
 
Categories. Settlements & SettlersWar, World I
 
Distant View of Stonehenge Monument image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 30, 2010
3. Distant View of Stonehenge Monument
As viewed from the Sam Hill Country marker
Inside View of Stonehenge Monument image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 31, 2008
4. Inside View of Stonehenge Monument
Stonehenge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 31, 2008
5. Stonehenge Marker
Close-up of Diagram
Stonehenge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 31, 2008
6. Stonehenge Marker
Close-up of drawing by H. Freer
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 15, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 407 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 15, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.   3. submitted on January 14, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.   4, 5, 6. submitted on April 15, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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