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The Road to Summer Festival in Pendleton

The Columbia River winds east, as seen from Stonehenge near Maryhill.

Green douglas fir-clad hills gave way to golden while traveling Interestate 84 toward Pendleton for the 2010 summer festival. By the time The Dalles rolled by, the landscape had dramatically changed. The pictures that follow are some of the scenic views on the road to summer festival. (Unfortunately, I didn’t get a photo of the pint-sized peaches ‘n cream ice cream cone I bought ($2) at Dinky’s grocery store in Biggs. Definitely worth a stop!)

The Maryhill Museum, opened in 1940, was the brainchild of Sam Hill, the man behind the Columbia Gorge Highway. Originally, the museum building was to be Hill’s home, part of 5,300 acres along the Columbia where he hoped to found a Quaker farming community.

When Hill’s land company failed, he followed friends’ advice and converted the building to a museum. Unfortunately, he died before the museum opened.

The Maryhill Museum of Art stands high above the Columbia River on the Washington side.

Sam Hill believed that Stonehenge in England was the site of human sacrifices; thus the replica edifice he built was a fitting war memorial.

A couple miles east of the museum is Sam Hill’s replica of Stonehenge–with the stones standing. The replica is built at the original Maryhill town site. Hill built Stonehenge as a World War I memorial–it was the first in the United States.

He wanted to memorialize the dead soldiers of Klickitat County. In 1995, the Klickitat County Veterans Association and the museum partnered to build a veterans memorial just north of Stonehenge.

Wind farms line the hills above the Columbia River.

From Stonehenge, wind farms are visible, lining the hills above the Columbia River.

A recent article in The Oregonian (July 17, 2010) explained that Oregon’s power grid cannot yet handle the electricity the wind farms generate when running at full speed. In the past three years, the generation capacity of wind farms has doubled, the paper reported. Beefing up power lines could take as many as five to 10 years, according to the report.

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