Sunday, April 12, 2015

Take your own mind-blowing tour at NGS in May: Cahokia Mounds

A thousand years ago in downstate Illinois, across the Mississippi from where St. Louis is now, a world-class engineer designed a 100-foot-tall structure that still stands. He made it out of mud.

I think it's the most amazing destination in the Midwest. I wrote about it 15 years ago.

The latest visitor information is here.

Harold Henderson, "The Rise and Fall of the Mound People," Chicago Reader, 29 June 2000.

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1 comment:

Geolover said...

The main mound and the surrounding site have been reconstructed and/or deconstructed over the past 150 years.

The changes are mostly described in the wonderful visitors' center.

It is still remarkable, but visitors should be prepared for some reimagination compared to the present appearance.