Back to the Afterglow Mausoleum

It never ceases to amaze me all the fascinating structures we came across while we were sailing around the Pacific North West. But by far the Afterglow Mausoleum ranks up there in the top 5 of these finds.

As the story goes McMillin had this built to honor his family.  The entire structure is symbolic.  The winding stairs, the number of pillars, the seats, etc.  My favorite would be the intentionally broken pillar which represents mans unfinished work.  According to literature the structure was intended to have a dome ceiling, but I can’t recall at the moment why it was left open.

Getting to the mausoleum is a short hike through the woods on a very well groomed  trail.  The trail head starts at a cemetery and ends at the mausoleum about a mile back through a very serene forest.  I have only had the opportunity to visit twice now, but would love to come back and photograph this amazing structure again.

Afterglow Mausoleum

Afterglow Mausoleum

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About Brett Cox

Photographic Artist exploring this wonderful world through my lens.
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3 Responses to Back to the Afterglow Mausoleum

  1. Mom says:

    I always forget how beautiful this is until I see a picture of it again. Wish I had been able to hike up there with you this last time. Heart and mind willing but the knees not so much, The sun at the top looks like a brilliant star. Love it !!!

  2. Olivia Wolfe says:

    This is a beautiful shot! And the history behind it is intriguing. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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