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Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site

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Address: 30 Ramey Street, Collinsville, IL 62234
Phone Number: 618-346-5160
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Description: A sophisticated Native American society of about 20,000 people that...
A sophisticated Native American society of about 20,000 people that operated via a sun calendar and disappeared by 1400.
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What a great spot! The interpretive center is excellent. They really showcase a piece of American history that I know you never hear of in school. And not to be missed is the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
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Ledyard, Connecticut, United States
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Ledyard, Connecticut, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

What a great spot! The interpretive center is excellent. They really showcase a piece of American history that I know you never hear of in school. And not to be missed is the view from the top of Monk's Mound at sunset. Views across the river to St Louis and beyond. The overall park with walking tours has such a... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Start at the Interpretive Center - there is an introductory video that gives you the history of the site and the mound builders who created it. There are also exhibits to check out, a café, and a bookstore/gift shop. You can purchase a self-guided tour map for $1.00 and then explore the grounds at your own pace or just head... More 

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Williamsburg, Iowa
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

This was actually the basis for this entire vacation with friends. We were two families with kids aged 12, 8, 8, and 5. The 12 year old had done a report on this site for school and wanted to see it in person. So one family from Nebraska and one family from Iowa decided to meet up in St. Louis... More 

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Caseyville, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Cahokia Mounds would be very interesting for the whole family. The site has a first class museum, interpretive center, orientation film and walking trails. The kids, and those who are physically fit, will probably want to climb "Monk's Mound", the largest mound left by the ancient civilization that once thrived in this region. It is free to visit, although they... More 

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Houghton, Michigan, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

When you look at Monk's Mound, it's easy to think, "what a nice little hill." But if you take a few minutes to climb to the top and appreciate the view, you'll be glad you did. It gets even more incredible when you imagine that this was the largest man-made structure for thousands of miles, and then think think that... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

This is something that you should do when you are in the area. It won't take long. It is beautiful when the sun is out and the day is warm. The museum is a bit cheesy so don't expect anything fancy here. Some interesting information, but honestly it hasn't changed much since I first came her in the 1980's as... More 

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Greenville, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

On my recent trip to St. Louis this was on the top of the to do list. Visiting Monks Mound, the largest of many mounds in the area, you get a great appreciation for the work that went into constructing this earthen structure. Being able to walk on a true pre Columbian structure built by North American Natives was awe... More 

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Marion
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Drove through St Louis with my higher functioning autistic son on the way back from visiting my folks. We both needed a break after fighting construction and traffic, and my son- who doesn't get excited about a lot of things- suggested stopping at Cahokia Mounds. He made a good choice, as we had a great time and stayed longer than... More 

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Pensacola, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Definitely stop here if you are visiting St Louis. The interpretive center offers an interesting overview of these historic mounds and theories about the people who inhabited the area. The movie is a bit slow but worth seeing. Cross the street and climb up Monk's Mound. I have a feeling this would be a roasting hot activity in the summer... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

The civilization that built a city of 20,000 people here a thousand years ago probably should be mentioned in the same breath with the Maya, the Aztec, and the Inca. But few of us learned anything about them in school ... "What? There was a city here 1,000 years ago?" is no doubt a question heard many times a day... More 

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