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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, Cultural
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, Cultural
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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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Boca Raton, Florida
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424 reviews 424 reviews
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354 helpful votes 354 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

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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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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 The museum was very interesting, although it seemed a little outdated.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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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
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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Savoy, Illinois
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5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

I visited with my 9-year old daughter, & we both found the Mounds interesting. I didn't realize how large the settlement was until we got there. Standing atop Monks Mound gives a fantastic overview of the area. The museum is wonderful, offering a movie & exhibits to help you understand how the people lived at Cahokia.

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Frankfurt, Germany
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

This World Heritage site shows the memories of a largely forgotten civilization of North-American earth-pyramid builders. While many people know about the pyramids in Mexico and central America, it is not widely known that even in North America there were highly developed societies in pre-Columbian times. The Earth-Mounds in this cite show what remained of a whole city of one... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

This is one of 22 or 23 World Heritage Sites in the USA and definitely worth a visit. The interpretive center is extremely well done and the equal of any we have seen elsewhere. The movie should be seen first, if possible. then tour the Center. The Center opens at 9 am and the grounds open at 8 am for... More 

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Peoria, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

plan to spend several hours. Tour the museum first. Helps you better understand the life that existed there. Amazing!! It is a lot of walking.

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Collinsville, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This is a great site! It is also a World Heritage Site! I live less than 5 miles from this attraction. I've watched many improvements over the years and it has become a world class attraction. So much to learn and so much to admire. It's a must see when you're in the St. Louis area.

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New Lenox, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

A beautiful historic site.. Love that this has been preserved for all to see and experience.. All the history there, a great destination for a mini trip like we did or a stop over while traveling. The view from the top of Monks Mound is awesome, you can see St. Louis and the Arch as well as Wood Henge.. Just... More 

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