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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
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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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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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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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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Cahokia Mounds is the site of what was once a massive city built by the mound-building Mississippian Indians. They had trade routes the full length of the Mississippi River and east-west as well. The museum movie is professional and very interesting. The museum has lots of artifacts. But my favorite part is climbing the Temple Mound, from which you can... More 

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Boca Raton, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

This is a most impressive Mississipian Culture site, the largest earthworks pre-Columbian complex north of Mesoamerica. It endured for several hundred years. Keep in mind that these natives didn't have the horse or other beasts of burden to assist them. They also didn't have the wheel. Manual labor built these mounds. What a prodigal undertaking. I checked out the museum... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

I visited here because I had read about it in my high school history class, and I happened to be in the area. From the top of the big mound, you get a nice view of the St. Louis skyline. The museum was very interesting, although it seemed a little outdated. The concept of the size of the civilization here... More 

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Collinsville, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014 via mobile

Cahokia Mounds is an awesome place. To realize the size of the population that lived in this area is mind boggling. The museum is very informative and the grounds are beautiful. If you want some exercise try walking up and down the stairs to the main mound a few times.

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Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

It makes the mind wonder with mystery about this civilization. Fascinating. We liked climbing Monks Mound and seeing St Louis Arch from the top.

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