Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Monday, May 30, 2011
Near the town site of Maryhill, Washington, three miles east of Maryhill Museum of Art, stands a replica of Stonehenge built by Samuel Hill. Dedicated in 1918 to the servicemen of Klickitat County, Washington who died in the service of their country during the Great War, Hill's Stonehenge Memorial stands as a monument to heroism and peace.
Samuel Hill was the son of Quaker parents and in 1907 acquired 7,000 acres in southwest Washington and planned to turn it into a Quaker farming community. The farming enterprise never materialized and his dream eventually gave way to a cattle ranch. His chateau-style "farm house" was turned into Maryhill Museum of Art in 1917.
During World War I, Hill delivered releif supplies to Belgium and Russia, and reinforced his interest in travel. While in England, he made his first trip to see Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain where he was told that the structure was believed to be constructed by Druids as a place of human sacrifice.
Hill concluded there was a similarity between the loss of life in this, the greatest of human wars, and the sacrifices of ancient Stonehenge and planned to build a replica of it on the cliffs of the Columbia as a reminder of those sacrifices and the "incredible folly" of the war.
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Ruth Chatterton was an Academy Nominated Actress who's career spanned both Silent & Talkie films. She was a contemporary of Amelia Earhart & for a time did some early cross country solo flights. Later after her acting career ended she had a successful writing career.
Friday, May 27, 2011
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Thursday, May 19, 2011
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Shaken by an earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale, the north face of this tall symmetrical mountain collapsed in a massive rock debris avalanche. In a few moments this slab of rock and ice slammed into Spirit Lake, crossed a ridge 1,300 feet high, and roared 14 miles down the Toutle River.
The avalanche rapidly released pressurized gases within the volcano. A tremendous lateral explosion ripped through the avalanche and developed into a turbulent, stone-filled wind that swept over ridges and toppled trees. Nearly 150 square miles of forest was blown over or left dead and standing.
At the same time a mushroom-shaped column of ash rose thousands of feet skyward and drifted downwind, turning day into night as dark, gray ash fell over eastern Washington and beyond. Wet, cement-like slurries of rock and mud scoured all sides of the volcano. Searing flows of pumice poured from the crater. The eruption lasted 9 hours, but Mount St. Helens and the surrounding landscape were dramatically changed within moments.
A vast, gray landscape lay where once the forested slopes of Mount St. Helens grew. In 1982 the President and Congress created the 110,000-acre National Volcanic Monument for research, recreation, and education. Inside the Monument, the environment is left to respond naturally to the disturbance.