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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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UNESCO World Heritage Site

I actually made two separate trips to the area to make sure that I had enough time to enjoy everything. The first trip was in the early evening, after the interpretive center was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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Cedar Park, Texas
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Cedar Park, Texas
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

I actually made two separate trips to the area to make sure that I had enough time to enjoy everything. The first trip was in the early evening, after the interpretive center was closed and before the sun had set. The mound is so large that it's difficult to get a picture of it where you can truly appreciate its... More 

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Indiana
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

The museum had some great exhibits and very high quality. Climb the mound to get a great view of the St. Louis skyline. Free but they ask for a donation.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015 via mobile

Still having trouble wrapping my head around the idea that Mayans were this far north. These mounds look very similar to places in Mexico. Museum is both entertaining and informative and takes nearly an hour to do all of it, although young children would be enchanted for about 15 minutes. Weather plays a big part in enjoyment from climbing around... More 

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Cherokee, North Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

This historical landmark is not to be missed. As a native of the area, I spent many weekends visiting the mounds long before there was a visitor center or gift shop. These days however, you can learn a lot more about the Cahokia people and there lifestyle by visiting the updated site. They have not only taken all the information... More 

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St. Louis, Missouri
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

The visitor center has amazing exhibits which educate the visitor on the life of the Mississippian people. A 10-15 minute movie is shown in the theatre about every 30 minutes. This was a great start to our visit. After the overview we slowly worked our way though the exhibits which range from life size scenes from a village to looping... More 

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Fujisawa, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Less than 10 miles from the St. Louis Arch, the Cahokia Mounds is a state park that I always take out of town visitors with at least college educations to. The mounds were built by native Americans and are what is left of a city that peaked at 20 thousand people in the 13th century, the largest city to have... More 

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La Crosse, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Walk from the visitor's center to get the full effect of this mighty site including the massive Monk's Mound and climb to the top of it also. Then be sure to go through the interpretive center's exhibit's to learn more about the mounds, the woodhenge and the people who built them. This is a wonderful prehistoric site that should be... More 

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Clarksville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

This place is amazing. I could have spent all day going through the museum and exploring the site. The museum itself is beautiful with very informative displays and dioramas. When I visited, part of the museum was closed for repairs, but it was still so much more than I expected. The staff at the museum are also great. They were... More 

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

Facinating history of the people who lived here 1000 years ago. Very nice museum, short documentry wonderful displays, I live here and still visit often.

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Bethalto, Illinois
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46 reviews 46 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

I went out of curiosity. This is a underutilized site. Few people realize that a historic site of this magnitude is only a few miles from St. Louis. This is a must see if you are into early history. There are other sites in the area that has a lot of early American history also. I don't think smaller children... More 

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