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“Disappointing archaeological site - transfer it to the National Park Service” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site

Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site
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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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“Disappointing archaeological site - transfer it to the National Park Service”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2012

Cons: poor, bad preserved, MANY ROADS pass next to the site (!!!!), STATE Park Service of Illinois doesn't care much about it

Pros: interesting museum and movie (about 16 minutes), nice museum store

This is an UN heritage and it's completely under - cared by the State of Illinois. It should be transferred to the National Park Service. Several roads pass in the middle of the archaeological site. I couldn't get that it was an archaeological site. It looks like a (red) long stairs to nowhere. I had to cross a busy road from the visitor center to this area. It's unbelievable.
The State of Illinois want to keep that but doesn't want to spend money or do efforts to improve the conditions. It's a shame!
I wouldn't recommend it.

Visited December 2012
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“Disappointing Cahokia”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2012

The museum was very good as were the staff. The short film on the history of Cahokia was fantastic and set the site and the civilization in context. I would certainly recommend that all visitors see the film before they proceed on their hikes or tours.
However, the site itself is disappointing. Having been to several world heritage sites acorss Asia, Europe and America, Cahokia left us wanting more. While there may be a historical significance for the World Heritage listing; visually the site itself does not provide the visitor with enough to see, understand, or experience the significance.
If you are in the area, no harm in visiting, but I would not recommend a trip especially for Cahokia; and if you do skip it, it would not be a loss.

Visited November 2012
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“a must-see if you're passing nearby”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2012

Why wouldn't you want to stop and see the site of the largest population center north of Mexico 800 years ago? :)

The volunteers at the Interpretive Center were very kind and helpful. The exhibits inside explain the site well. There are lots of trails to choose from to explore the site, and visitors can check out a free cassette audio tour to use as they walk the grounds.

We were particularly tickled to climb the stairs to the top of Monk's Mound and be rewarded with a view of the St. Louis Arch - an interesting span of about a thousand years of architechture. :)

Visited December 2012
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“Calming”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2012 via mobile

It was nice to spend the afternoon lazily walking around the grounds of the Cahokia Mounds. Walked up to the top and there were some really nice views!

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“Cahokia Mounds - World Heritage Site”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2012

The remains of the most sophisticated prehistoric native civilization north of Mexico are preserved at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site. Within the 2,200-acre tract located about a mile West of Collinsville, Illinois, lies amazing archaeological remnants of the most central section of the ancient settlement, known today as Cahokia.

If you have any interest in History, Archeology, Geography, or Sociology THIS is the place to go!! You will be delighted and amazed at their Interpretive Center. The docents are friendly and helpful.

If you're a hiker, you will love the climb to the top of Monks Mound - not easy for folks with respiratory conditions (be warned).

Get out there to Woodhenge to celebrate a soltice morning!

Visited December 2012
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