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Albany Mounds State Historic Site

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Albany Mounds State Historic Site

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bLiselotte wrote a review Nov 2016
Palatine, Illinois597 contributions166 helpful votes
Not much to see in late summer. If you visit the mounds they are hard to distinguishes this park is kept very natural. Please bring bug spray or you will be eaten alive, also water on a hot day.. The path around is an hour walk tops. When looking for the park really pay attention to the signs or you will miss the entrance.
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Date of experience: September 2016
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Taylor B wrote a review Nov 2016
Chicago, Illinois6,567 contributions5,384 helpful votes
Why is the Albany Mounds State Historic State considered more important than the more celebrated Cahokia Mounds located near Collinsville, Illinois, across the Mississippi River from St. Louis? Because it is older. It dates to the Middle Woodland Period, commonly referred to as the Hopewell period, which characterized critical changes in the lifestyles of native peoples in the New World, between 500 BC and 350 AD. Albany, a village of 981 residents located on Highway 84 overlooking the Mississippi River south of Clinton, Iowa and north of the Quad Cities, was founded in 1837. The Indians lived here as early as 500 BC, more than 2,500 years ago. The Hopewell culture flourished in the vast area of the Mississippi and Ohio River basins and adjacent regions from eastern Kansas to western New York and from the Gulf of Mexico to Ontario, Canada. Albany Mounds consists of 205 acres of tree-covered hills, valleys and surrounding prairie which is ideal for walking and bicycle riding and sitting and observing the wildlife from deer to eagles that call the park home. Located at the south end of the village, there is a parking lot at the entrance, at the southwest end of Cherry Street, a covered picnic shelter with tables and electrical outlets, a water fountain, rest rooms and interpretative signs. The parking lot also is the north entrance of the asphalt-covered Great River Recreation Trail. Albany was an ideal site for the Native Americans, where the waters, forest and prairie provided an abundant source of food, water and fuel. Over 96 burial mounds, suggesting a highly ritualized and very organized society, were built at Albany during the 500-year time span between 200 BC and 300 AD. Today, about 50 of the mounds remain. Crafted artifacts found in the excavated mounds include stone tools, copper awls, panpipes, mica mirrors, galena, marine shell containers, platform smoking pipes and pottery. The site was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. What is amazing is it contains evidence of human activity that stretches over 10,000 years from the present day.
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Date of experience: September 2016
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Mindy L wrote a review May 2016
16 contributions10 helpful votes
Great site to visit if you can walk and hike. The mounds trail is over 2 miles through uneven ground but you will get close enough to the mounds to touch them. Self guided with informative signs. Be mindful of ticks as some of the area is heavily wooded. Bald eagles are plentiful so bring binoculars. There are old stone benches to sit and rest or watch birds but bring a walking stick if you have difficulty. Wear sunscreen and a hat as part of the trail is in full sun. There are outhouses at the entrance but no washing facility so bring hand sanitizer. This trail would not be suitable for people with knee ar ankle problems or for strollers and small children as it is a grass trail and ground is uneven but there is a nice paved trail running parallel that will give you a good view of the mounds from a distance. Not a lot to do other than hike but it is worth the effort if you are a history fan. Nice quiet hike with hardly any visitors however we were appalled at one couple who brought their large dog and did not clean up after him. Left a mess for others on the trail plus this is a burial site and deserves respect.
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Date of experience: May 2016
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David S wrote a review Sep 2015
2 contributions1 helpful vote
Nice place. Since we were biking through we made a pit stop here for water and bathroom break. The trail was really pretty
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Date of experience: September 2015
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IA_Hawks wrote a review Aug 2015
Iowa2,226 contributions256 helpful votes
The Albany Mounds Historical Site contains many mounds where Native Americans lived in the Hopewell culture and buried their dead. There is a small parking lot and entrance at the Northeast corner of the site. The path through the mounds is accessed from the Albany Mounds Bike Trail and there are interpretive plaques throughout the site.
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Date of experience: August 2015
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