It was a beautiful day so Rose Marie and I decided to take a short drive and learn about the past.
Highway 255 to Exit 24, the large brown sign says Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site. Some basic facts are it's the largest prehistoric Indian site north of Mexico, at first 4,000 acres which included 120 mounds. At present, the state of Illinois protects 2,200 acres and 70 of the remaining 80 mounds. For all this and more check www.cahokiamounds.com or call (618) 346-5160.
We also chose the day because the 13th annual Contemporary Indian Art show was going on. Several other events take place during the year. Check the Web site or just enjoy any day there and learn.
As you enter the huge interpretive center, we saw it had a great information area, a super gift shop with Native American art items and something for everyone. It also has a cafe for a soft drink or a snack. If you choose to do so, there is a theatre which shows the Mississipian people and culture from about A.D. 900 to 1350. This area is very well done and impressive. There is much more to see.
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After this we checked out the many Native American artists' work on display. There is super talent and craftmanship. They were all outstanding, but the two that caught our eyes were William Harjo, flutemaker, and Native American Metal Magic by Harold Brummet. I could go on and on about Cahokia Mounds. This is truly a great place to visit and it is close to home.
Yes, of course, Rose Marie and I had to purchase a few items for ourselves and our grandkids.
Take time to enjoy Cahokia Mounds with your family and or friends. It is very well worth the time.
Need to exercise? Cahokia Mounds features well-maintained trails and a picnic area. Take a look at Monk's Mound. It is the largest. The base covers more than 14 acres. It rises 100 feet and contains an estimated 22 million cubic feet of earth.
If you would like to help this great place ask about Cahokia Archaeological Society, Cahokia Mounds Museum Society and Cahokia Mounds Volunteers.
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