You have no idea how excited I was to finally get to go see the mini Stonehenge out in the Gorge. As we drove over the bridge at Biggs Junction, you could see it as you got closer to the Washington side of the Columbia river. I may have been exclaiming excitedly: ‘I see it! There it is. There it is!’ – I have been wanting to go see this for years now.
It is actually a war memorial commissioned by Sam Hill started on July 4th 1918 as a memorial to the people who died in World War I and completed in 1929. It was listed on the National Register of Historical places in 2021.
It was so windy when we got out there, I soon had to head back to the car to get a ponytail holder as the wind was whipping my hair into little miniature dreadlocks. It was a warm but powerful breeze. It did not deter my happiness.
From there it was on to the Maryville Museum, just up the road 4 miles or so. We didn’t have time to go inside, as they were just about to close by the time we made our way around the building looking at the sculptures. There’s a lot to see just walking around the grounds, though.
We had a bit of fun playing with the tumbleweed, both at the mini Stonehenge and at the Maryville Museum.
If you are a wine connoisseur, the Maryville Winery was just up the road from the museum. I am not much of a wino, so we just passed that one by on our way back.
Happy travels to anyone trying to get a last summer vacation in!
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~ All photos were taken by Calvin Hodgson.