Indian Mounds, nationwide Overshadowed by: An apparent educational basis in the study of Native American history Cool features: Burial mounds scattered across the country, with high concentrations along the Mississippi, belie the idea that North American Indians never created monumental structures. The mound pictured above is just outside Columbus, OH.
The journey along the Illinois River Road appeals to birders, hikers and wine-lovers, with attractions such as Starved Rock State Park: http://www.midwestliving.com/travel/illinois/two-day-getaway-along-the-illinois-river-road/ #illinois #nature #vacation
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Illinois - the largest pre-Columbian settlement north of Mexico, occupied primarily during the Mississippian period (800–1400). It is a striking example of a complex chiefdom society, with many mound centers and outlying villages. This agricultural society may have had a population of 10–20,000 at its peak between 1050 and 1150. Primary features at the site include Monks Mound, the largest prehistoric earthwork in the Americas.
Angel, Arwyn, Edward and I reached the top of Taum Sauk on September 5th, 2010. Unfortunately, we arrived at dusk and had very little time to explore the area. We had spent the rest of the day visiting sites along the Mississippi. The spot I remember the most was the former site of Fort Kaskaskia, once the capital of Illinois and a large commercial center. Its destruction is a reminder not to build a city in a flood plain. We'll revisit Taum Sauk again and make sure we have more time to…
Cahokia Mounds in southern Illinois. These are actually mounds that are all over southern Illinois but the museum and the mound you can climb on is in Collinsville, IL just over the bridge from St Louis, MO. I only live about 20 minutes south of the main mound.