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Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site near St. Louis, MO

30 Ramey Street Collinsville, IL 62234
The Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site near St.

Louis, Mo, was a great city that was bigger than London and is the largest pre-Columbian settlement located north of Mexico. The site covers 2,200 acres that are filled with archeological remnants of the settlement. About 800 of those acres are accessible to the public. At this time, there are 104 mounds.

When visiting the mounds, plan on a day trip. At the visitor center, there are museum exhibit galleries and orientation shows. Visitors have a choice between a self-guided tour or guided tours. Audio tours are available for the iPhone as well as an iPod. There are many trails and plenty to see.

The attractions not to miss are the Monks Mound and the Woodhenge. The Monks Mound is 100 feet high, and visitors are welcome to climb what is considered the largest earthwork that can be found in North America. The Woodhenge has just been recently discovered. It is a reconstruction of the sun calendar that was used by the Cahokia.

The museum offers a variety of educational programs and events throughout the year. Come and climb the mounds and learn about this ancient civilization. Attractions and activities nearby include the Cardinals Hall of Fame & Museum, Busch Stadium, the Gateway Arch, the City Museum, Budweiser Brewery Tours, St. Louis Fun Trolley Tours, Fairmount Park, and the World’s Largest Catsup Bottle.


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