Cahokia is a mind-blowing archeological site and home to an incredible museum. The word, Cahokia, is the name given to a 2,200-acre area containing 120 human-built, earthwork mounds that an indigenous population of about 20,000 people inhabited from 600 to 1400 CE. Located between East Saint Louis, MO and Collinsville, IL, Cahokia offers expansive scenery containing the largest man-built earthwork mound in North America. Visitors can learn about the history of Cahokia’s people and their territory’s faith through a jaw-dropping museum. The Cahokia Museum and Interpretive Center receives up to a million visitors a year and through different exhibitions, films and many options of guided and self-guided tours, takes visitors to the past millenia and slowly transports you back as the story of the different mounds unfold.
It is absolutely worth your time and I think it should be a required field trip for any school in the neighboring states – although with budget cuts maybe not even Saint Louis kids will be able to take the journey.
Address and Contact Info:
30 Ramey Street
Collinsville, IL 62234