Maryhill, Washington

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Maryhill is a census-designated place (CDP) in Klickitat County, Washington, United States. The population was 98 at the 2000 census.



Maryhill is named after the wife and daughter of regional icon Sam Hill, who purchased land and envisioned a community there shortly after the turn of the 20th century.[3] Earlier the area was known as "Columbia"[3] or "Columbus".[4]

Hill used his Maryhill property to build the first paved roads in the Pacific Northwest, the Maryhill Museum of Art (originally intended as a grand residence for the Hills), Maryhill Stonehenge, a monument to the World War I dead of Klickitat County in the form of a Stonehenge replica,[5] and a planned community. Born a Quaker, Hill hoped to attract a Quaker community to eastern Washington. His plans never materialized, and the town buildings he constructed burned down several years later.

Hill intended the Stonehenge replica to express that modern warfare (like Druid sacrifices as he understood them) was a form of needless human sacrifice.[6]


Maryhill is located at 45°41′8″N 120°49′2″W / 45.68556°N 120.81722°W / 45.68556; -120.81722 (45.685649, -120.817232).[7]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 2.8 square miles (7.3 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 98 people, 40 households, and 26 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 35.0 people per square mile (13.5/km²). There were 49 housing units at an average density of 17.5/sq mi (6.8/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 77.55% White, 9.18% African American, 2.04% Native American, 1.02% Pacific Islander, 1.02% from other races, and 9.18% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.18% of the population.

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