Day 142

Maryhill Museum

August 15th, 2010

Looks more like an NYC public school (which is not an insult; many are quite beautiful) than an "old-world chateau".


  1. MN Roxanne says:

    It’s beautiful Matt… so majestic there…..

    • MN Roxanne says:

      all the green grass around it looks a little out of place though…. nice to see some trees amongst the sagebrush.

  2. charlie says:

    reminds me of the vanderbilt mansion up in hyde park ny, near the culinary institute of america.

  3. deanna valenti meyer says:


  4. dionne says:

    oh my god–it is the museum i told you about a few posts back–like a week ago!! has the stonehenge thing-either at it or very close by!

  5. Overlooking the Columbia River I assume???…

  6. Gigi says:

    It’s so stately, and to be able to view the river and mountains from the museum must be quite a sight.

  7. Lynn says:

    I sure hope this doesn’t mean you walked right past it and didn’t go inside! If you did, you missed something wonderful.

  8. Candice in Alabama says:

    Wow – that is something to behold in all that “nothing”. Seems a little strangely located – like out of place somehow – but I guess not! :)

  9. Dorinda from Mentor, Oh. says:

    Awesome beauty. Almost looks like one of our(my) churches Temple in Navvou(sp?) Illinois. This is really beautiful how it looks over the valley.

  10. Thank you to all for the warm welcome! I just had to go back to the Sam Hill sign to make sure I wasn’t repeating myself…regarding Maryhill….named after his wife. The Queen of Romania was invited to open the museum….maybe that is why he decided to build good roads? The Queen, after all! Inside the museum are some items from her reign, such as a throne! I guess Queens throw away old ones and/or give them to museums. It certainly is a long way from it’s home!!

    This was often a day trip for our family… felt so “European”… different for Washington State, so isolated, so strange.. I remember the gardens had roaming peacocks….which when they called out scared my little daughter to death!

    Sam Hill was an interesting man. I seem to remember he was associated with Spreckles Sugar (California wealth). Friends? Family?

  11. Jeff says:

    so there we get the european influence. What would a american influenced castle look like???

  12. Barbara Kiviat says:

    So much punctuation in that sentence, I love it.

  13. deb says:

    Matt, are you finding places along your route that you want to return and explore someday? This looks like a fascinating area for a second look.

  14. Linda says:

    I love old architecture

    It looks like you’re almost at the end of your journey, Matt

  15. Karen Too says:

    It’s obvious why Sam Hill, or anyone else, would choose this area for a place to live. Stunning.

  16. katzien in austin says:

    Ohhhh, I want that! It almost looks like a totally different picture was cut out and laid on top of the original picture. Neat!

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