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Caddo Mounds State Historic Site

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Address: 1649 State Hwy. 21 West, Alto, TX 75925
Phone Number: +1 936-858-3218
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8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Tue - Sun 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

More than 1,200 years ago, a group of Caddo Indians knows as the...

More than 1,200 years ago, a group of Caddo Indians knows as the Hasinai built a village and ceremonial center on the prairie overlooking the Neches River. The site was the southwestern-most ceremonial center for the great Mound Builders, a culture which spanned the eastern North American woodlands for more than 2,500 years. Today, three earthen mounds still rise from the lush Pineywoods landscape. Discover the everyday life of the Caddo people through captivating burials, religious ceremonies and a temple; and explore the history of this ancient site.

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Nice visitor's center, excellent staff

If you're looking for a good educational stop, definitely worth the drive from the highway. Very interesting. Not the most impressive mounds I've ever seen, but a great site with... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 7, 2015
Kyle B
Houghton, Michigan, United States
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Corpus Christi, Texas
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110 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a well preserved historic site that we caught just before sunset. The low sun accentuated the mounds and made our walk very pleasant. Park closed at 4:30.

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Houghton, Michigan, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015 via mobile

If you're looking for a good educational stop, definitely worth the drive from the highway. Very interesting. Not the most impressive mounds I've ever seen, but a great site with a lot of great information nonetheless.

Thank Kyle B
Des Moines
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

The Caddo Mounds are located just south of Alto which is an hour south of Tyler and Tyler is 2 hours west of Dallas. Admission is $4.00 per adult and has a paved parking lot. The Caddo Mounds consist of 3 mounds, a burial mound and temple mound you can walk around and a second temple mound on the other... More 

Thank SillyG2003
Austin, TX
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Others have said it better than I can but I found this place super interesting. You probably won't be super wowed with what you see but if you're interested in learning, reading and visualizing the ancient history here, you'll absolutely love it. We drove about an hour out of our way and I'm glad we did. Plus, the folks working... More 

Thank tcb_in_texas
Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

If you are following the El Camino Real (Hwy 21) you are immersing yourself in early Spanish & Anglo/German history. So this is an important stop since these people were here earlier. There isn't a lot to see, but the site is evocative of an earlier culture. There are the mounds and a good short film on Caddo culture and... More 

Thank cgny1fwd
Arlington, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

The mounds are a small portion of what they once were. The artifacts are replicas. But, you hardly see stuff like this in the US. If nearby for something else, stop and see. You can drive golf cart around track to the sites.

Thank Christopher D
Argyle, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

If you are interested in ancient American Indian artifacts and culture, this is a perfect place to be. Although the visitors center has only been opened since 1982, the items inside, the short movie and the area surrounding the center are excellent to explain who the Caddoan people were and are today. Although the isn't a lot to the state... More 

Thank Jerry E
Alto, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Visiting this site is a step back into time. The new museum has numerous "replicable" artifacts from the mounds and area. A very informative film is shown on the Caddoan Indians and the mounds. It is in the works to build a grass hut. A nice historical site to visit.

Thank Brenda G
Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

I visited this site with my family one spring afternoon. It's part of the El Camino Real De Los Tejas original route and a nice little bit of history in East Texas. However, I was disappointed that all the 'artifacts' in the museum were reproductions - no originals. There are nice displays of Caddo life in the museum - like... More 

Thank Khochi
Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We enjoyed visiting the site. We didn't realize that there was so much evidence of peoples so early in Texas. We love Native American artifacts so this was right up our alley. The newly completed museum was nicely done, but with all replicas and nothing original to the area. The walk around the mounds could be tiring if it is... More 

Thank houstonnative47

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