Indian Mounds Regional Park
Established in the late 1800s, this 17-acre park features six ancient burial mounds, the earliest of which date back between 1,500-2,000 years ago. These early mounds were created by the people of the Hopewell culture. As such, this site is the only distinctly Hopewell site in the state, and one of northernmost examples of this culture in the country. For centuries, Native Americans buried their dead here, including the Dakota peoples. The mounds rest on limestone rock that is 450 million years old. Originally there were at least 16 mounds at this location and 19 more nearby above what is now Carver's Cave but these have been lost to development over the years. The site was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2014.
Backstory and Context
Sigrid Arnott, Geoff Jones, & David Maki. "Indian Mounds Park Mound Group." National Park Service - National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form. April 11, 2014. https://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/places/pdfs/14000140.pdf.
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