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.

Take an audio tour: Early Road building



Sam Hill and the Columbia River Highway

Visit the museum’s Sam Hill Gallery to view black and white prints showing both construction photos of the highway and early scenic views of the Columbia River Gorge. Most of the images are drawn from Sam Hill’s personal photo collection, which is housed at Maryhill Museum of Art.

Image: Unknown photographer, Unidentified man, Sam Hill, J.C. Potter and Amos Benson standing on the Columbia River Highway, c. 1915; Collection of Maryhill Museum of Art.