Samuel Hill

Builder, Innovator, Traveler & Dreamer

Sam Hill (1857–1931), founder of the Maryhill Museum of Art, was one of the most colorful and influential figures in the Northwest in the early 1900s. Hill was a successful businessman, world traveler, builder of monuments and early advocator of paved roads. This exhibit includes personal artifacts, items acquired during his travels, and photos and mementos related to his favorite cause, the Good Roads Movement.

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Image:  Maryhill Loops road, c. 1930. One of Sam Hill’s Good Roads projects and the first paved road in Washington State.