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Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site

Address: 30 Ramey Street, Collinsville, IL 62234
Phone Number: 618-346-5160
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: A sophisticated Native American society of about 20,000 people that operated via a sun calendar and...
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Type: Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner 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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Lake Oswego, Oregon
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127 reviews 127 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

State of the art interpretive center. Few people know that this town was bigger than London in the 1200s. Good explanations for why it thrived, but why did it disappear? Great that all the acreage is protected.

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Collinsville, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

nice place to get up close & personal with local history. you see were it really happened both inside & outside exhibits.

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Collinsville, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Cahokia mounds is an area just east of St. Louis that is shrouded in mystery. A hand-built earthen mound that rises 100 feet into the air is the center point of the entire complex. The Cahokia Mounds Interpretive Center is an exciting place to learn about this culture that virtually disappeared from off the face of the earth around 1400... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Cahokia Mounds was a very large American Indian settlement around 1400. The huge ceremonial mound is surrounded by myriad lesser mounds of various heights and sizes. The largest mound, called "Monk's Mound", as there was a religious order housed there earlier, is quite high and I recommend a climb to the top. Early occupants are believed to observe the heavens... More 

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Collinsville, Illinois
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6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

The museum is excellent with some hands on displays as well as static too. Lots of trails and historic markers so bring your hiking shoes and plan to stay most of the day if you can.

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Peoria, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

This site has a very nice museum of history of natives who lived here around 900-1500 AD. This is also good for active travelers, as people hike around the site and climb to the top of several mounds. It takes about 2 hours to go through the museum itself, plus another couple of hours for the mound climbing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

The story of this mysterious and primitive people is very fascinating. It's important that we raise awareness of such a treasure so close to St. Louis. The Mississippian culture, the 20,000 strong community, the burial mounds that took hundreds of years to build, one bucket-full of dirt at a time, are accessible here. The movie, the incredible displays, climbing the... More 

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Middletown, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

The Cahokia site was a great visit. Most of us don't realize the largest mound in the America's is right here not far off of I-70 just into Illinois from St. Louis.The site has many mounds and a visitor center and museum. I did not visit the museum but hear it is nice. A must see. Yoou can do this... More 

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Beaverton, Oregon
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31 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Because it was very cold (20 degrees), we only walked up to the top of Monks Mound (the big one) when we drove out on Tuesday. Unfortunately the museum is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Our friends had recommended it so highly though, that we returned the next day to go through the museum. Even then we didn't have enough... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

This place had some amazing displays of Native American Life in Cahokia. Lots of information on Cahokia culture. You could spend about an hour in there. My nine year olds were interested, but my five year old and toddler, were only interested in running around. It does kind of feel like a playground. The mounds are, well, mounds. They aren't... More 

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