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You can visit Stonehenge without leaving the States. Sort of.


MARYHILL, WASHINGTON (Circa)- We may not fully know how the ancient Britons built their Stonehenge; but we do know how Sam Hill built his.

On a cliff overlooking the Columbia River in Washington state stands a replica of Stonehenge - the ancient English standing stone circle constructed thousands of years ago. Built by American businessman Sam Hill in the 1920s, this Stonehenge replica is a memorial to soldiers from the area who died in WWI.

The memorial sits near Maryhill Museum, also founded by Sam Hill, and a winery - in case visitors get thirsty after engaging with all that history.

The Stonehenge replica sits on on a cliff besides the Columbia River

A lawyer, businessman, entrepreneur and avid traveler himself, Sam Hill consulted archaeologists, scholars and architects in an attempt to make his replica as accurate to what Stonehenge originally looked like when built thousands of years ago - which is why it doesn't look much like the present-day Stonehenge in Salisbury, England.

The main mistake made by Hill is that he chose Stonehenge as his model because he thought that human sacrifices took place at the original Stonehenge.

According to the Maryhill Museum - which now maintains the Stonehenge memorial - Hill concluded "there was a parallel between the loss of life in WWI and the sacrifices at ancient Stonehenge, [and] he set out to build a replica on the cliffs of the Columbia as a reminder of those sacrifices and the 'incredible folly' of the war."

A pacifist, Hill wanted the monument to be a commentary on the carnage of World War I.

This American Stonehenge is a replica of how the British Stonehenge would have looked after it was first constructed

Unfortunately for Hill and his message, most current scholars don't believe Stonehenge was used for human sacrifices.

Almost 100 years later, his monument to the folly of war and the brutality of humankind still stands. But whether it will stand as long as the British Stonehenge, though, remains to be seen - Sam Hill built his memorial Stonehenge not out of stone, but of cement.

A visitor walks through the Stonehenge war memorial in Maryhill, Washington

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