Last week Len, Willa, and I took a road trip to Puyallup, WA (just outside of Tacoma).
Len attended an EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) Chapter Leadership Bootcamp event.
I had uninterrupted writing to accomplish.
Willa? She simply loves road trips!
On the way back to Boise, we stopped at STONEHENGE. Yes, you read that right. We stopped at the American Stonehenge in Maryhill, Washington.
The Maryhill Stonehenge—a replica of England’s Stonehenge—is built on a bluff overlooking the Columbia River, the border between Washington and Oregon. It was commissioned in the early 20th century by the wealthy entrepreneur Sam Hill, and dedicated on July 4, 1918, as a memorial to the people who had died in World War I.
We were wondering if the expression “What in the Sam Hill?” is based on the Maryhill Stonehenge Sam Hill. According to Wikipedia, it’s not. They explain:
“Sam Hill is an American English slang phrase, a euphemism or minced oath for ‘the devil’ or ‘hell’ personified (as in, ‘What in the Sam Hill is that?’). The ‘Sam’ coming from (sal(o)mon an oath) and ‘Hill’’ from hell. Etymologist Michael Quinion and others date the expression back to the late 1830s.”
I lived in Washington state for five years and never once heard about the Maryhill Stonehenge. Finding out about it rocked my world.
While out walking, we saw in the distance what looked like a miniature Stonehenge. Upon closer inspection it turned out to be a cluster of mushrooms, but cool nonetheless! Stonehenge, along with many other megaliths, have a seemingly high concentration in the United Kingdom. Here’s just a partial list:
Stonehenge, Wiltshire, England
The Ring of Brodgar, Orkney Isles, Scotland
Rollright Stones, England
Drombeg Stone Circle, Ireland
These massive prehistoric monuments are sprinkled elsewhere around the globe. For example, there are three in Africa: the stone circles of Senegambia, Senegal, and The Gambia.
A number of hypotheses exist regarding the origin and purpose of these structures, but they share a common denominator — a shroud of mystery. It’s been said that stepping inside standing stones unlocks the ability to travel between dimensions of time, both forward and back.
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