Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, Collinsville
Categories: Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
At Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, learn all about the city of Native Americans that developed and disappeared hundreds of years before Colonists arrived in America. When Cahokia reached its population peak in the 13th century, it had more inhabitants than London. The city disappeared by 1400 BCE, though, and the large mounds--the biggest of which stands 30 m (100 ft) high, 290 m (951 ft) long, and 255 m (836 ft) wide and covers 5.6 hectares (13.8 acres)--are all that remain at this UNESCO World Heritage site. Before touring the site, head into the museum and interpretive center to learn about the city's history and its culture and to see artifacts, such as copper maskettes used in religious ceremonies. Put Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Collinsville vacation generator.
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This Indian mounds site in south-central Illinois (across the Mississippi River from St. Louis) is well worth the 2 hours spent visiting some of the mounds as well as the Interpretive Center. The cent... read more »
We were just passing by and decided to stop. What a great decision, as this place is very under advertised. They have a wonderful visitor center that had a short movie to explain the history and a fan... read more »
This Native American site offers an excellent interpretive center. The exhibits offer insight into the culture and daily lives of these Native Americans before Europeans arrived. The on site café was ... read more »
The interpretive center is well done (and free). The video and village are good and some of the artifacts very impressive. The trails to see the mounds are not well marked and there are no cross walks to get to the mounds on the other side of the state highway. The road isn't busy and crossing isn't too bad, but with kids it would have been nice to have a crossing marked.
Great half day stop on a cross country road trip. This was not planned but seemed interesting and turned out to be a real historic gem located close to our overnight hotel. There is no admission but a suggested $7 per adult donation. Some places you pay admission and feel ripped off. I was happy to give them $14 for my wife and I as it was well worth it.
I loved coming here. All the staff is so friendly, they have a great short educational film, and even a set up of what the village was like (housing etc) that you can walk through. No matter what age you are you'll be amazed.
Definently visit the museum in the front , highly recommend.. Awesome, interesting, culturally rich place! Loved it, even though the power shut off and I couldn't buy anything at the gift shop 😐
You can feel the history soon as you arrive. It's great for exploring plants, animals, and nature. The trails are awesome.
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