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Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site

30 Ramey Street, Collinsville, IL 62234
618-346-5160
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Description: A sophisticated Native American society of about 20,000 people that operated via a sun calendar and disappeared by 1400.
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Omaha, Nebraska
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199 reviews 199 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

I feel like I have a well-rounded history background and experience seeing things like Cahokia Mounds. I found this place to be interesting, but I wasn't amazed by it. The area around the park is very rundown, so don't expect to do anything around it. The museum itself is a little bland on the outside while the exhibits inside are... More

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Merida, Yucatan
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54 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

During our 10 day stay in the St Louis/Illinois area we visited many state parks and historic sites, Cahokia Mounds was far and away the most impressive. The site includes 70 mounds, but in reality most visitors see only the biggest, Monk’s Mound, though others are only a short, easy walk away. We started our visit at the Visitor Center... More

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Houghton, Michigan, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Very interesting site, wonderfully knowledgeable staff, and impressive ancient structures right here in IL!

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

The mounds are certainly an extraordinary site. I've toured other Indian mounds, but these are certainly among the most dramatic to look at. We rented the ipod self- tours (they were offered on groupon), but then wound up going on a guided tour of Monk's mound anyway because it was starting just when we arrived. I found the ipod tour... More

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Lowell, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Only negative- bus route does not take you directly to site. Recommend taking a cab from Emerson Park metroLink station. Otherwise, beautiful site.

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Clemson, SC
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

The city of Cahokia was once the largest city north of Mexico, and was the main commercial, cultural and political hub of the vast Mississippian culture. As a historian and archaeology enthusiast, Cahokia really impressed me. Entrance to the site is FREE, as is the interpretive museum The Interpretive Museum is very important if you want to understand what Cahokia... More

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Belleville, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

If you're traveling to or through St. Louis and are looking for something to do, this is one of the two things in St. Louis that you absolutely MUST do because you can't do it anywhere else! Cahokia Mounds is listed here as a state historic site, but it's actually one of only 22 World Heritage Sites in the US.... More

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Maquoketa, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

The museum here is fantastic, there are many options for kids to touch and move, as well as plenty of information for adults. The mounds themselves are interesting from a historical perspective, but they basically look like small hills. We did climb the big mound and the view from the top was great.

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Springfield, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

For years my family would drive by the sign pointing to the Cahokia Mounds with little interest or even notice. It wasn't until I watched a documentary on the mounds that I realized what a gem was practically in our back yard this entire time! The museum was superb. We spent hours in there reading about the culture and the... More

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st. louis, mo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We came over to Illinois today because we were on a cake hunt. St. Louis is celebrating it's 250th birthday and it has put painted birthday cakes all over St. Louis and the surrounding areas. I would like to say that I have always wanted to visit Cahokia Mounds, I just never did in the almost 39 years I've lived... More

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