by Karen Frazier
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Tucked into the middle of all of this scenery in the tiny town of Maryhill, Washington sits Washington State’s very own Stonehenge.
Built in the early 1900s by Sam Hill (what in the Sam Hill? Yeah – that guy) as a memorial to WWI soldiers from Klickitat County who died in the war, Washington’s Stonehenge is a full-sized, near exact replica of the original. Walking through its symmetrical layout and peeking at the crops that show between its pillars, one almost expects to see a crop circle.
The drive and the views are gorgeous. The wind is ferocious (hence the wind generators, I suppose). If you need more than scenery and a roadside oddity, you can also stop in Maryhill and visit the Maryhill Winery and Maryhill Museum, which is Sam Hill’s former mansion on the Columbia. The museum is (as many mansions are) rumored to be haunted.
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