Silently overlooking the eternal waters of the Columbia River, and next door neighbors with Stonehenge, the Maryhill-Columbus Cemetery should be a stopping point on any Necropolis nomad’s itinerary.
Originally this modestly sized plot served as the burial grounds for the now long vanished town of Columbus, WA.
According to the sign out front, the land was donated to the Columbus community during the summer of 1893.
By 1907 however, the grounds had became part of Maryhill; Sam Hill’s grand vision of a Quaker community located in the middle of nowhere.
Despite Ol’Sam’s efforts, no Quaker community, or town of any notable size ever sprang up around these parts.
This undoubtedly has helped to keep the Maryhill-Columbus Cemetery small and pleasantly obscure.
There are many old stones here, with some dates stretching well back into the 1800s. The Stonehenge looms east of the graveyard, lending a bit of the surreal to the solemn atmosphere.
In the southwest corner of the grounds one will discover a more unusual section of graveyard.
Trinkets and mementos of all kinds bedeck low grave mounds, and the grass is left to grow high among the markers.
The two sections certainly make an interesting contrast and work together to make the Maryhill-Columbus Cemetery a destination for any graveyard gawker.
Head to the Maryhill Stonehenge. This usually involves taking the I-84 or the WA-14.
From there continue down Stonehenge Dr. to Cemetery Rd. Follow it to the graveyard.