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Near North Riverfront in St. Louis, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Le Grange de Terre (Big Mound)

 
 
Le Grange de Terre (Big Mound) Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, September 10, 2019
1. Le Grange de Terre (Big Mound) Plaque
Inscription.  This boulder stands near the site of the Great Indian Mound, leveled about 1870, which gave the city of St. Louis the name "Mound City" Placed by The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of Missouri-1929
 
Erected by The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of Missouri.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Man-Made FeaturesNative Americans. In addition, it is included in the The Colonial Dames of America, National Society of series list.
 
Location. 38° 38.589′ N, 90° 11.105′ W. Marker is in Near North Riverfront in St. Louis, Missouri. Marker is on Mound St, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1700 North Broadway, Saint Louis MO 63102, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mounds Heritage Trail (a few steps from this marker); Biddle Street Trailhead (approx. 0.6 miles away); AMDG Shrine of St. Joseph (approx. 0.6 miles away); 1993 (approx. 0.8 miles away); 1992
Le Grange de Terre (Big Mound) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, September 10, 2019
2. Le Grange de Terre (Big Mound) Marker
(approx. 0.8 miles away); 1991 (approx. 0.8 miles away); Robert J. Baer Plaza (approx. 0.8 miles away); 1990 (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Near North Riverfront.
 
More about this marker. This marker and memorial were originally placed where the Stan Musial Veteran's Memorial bridge stands now. The bridge opened in 2014.
 
Regarding Le Grange de Terre (Big Mound). As the marker says, St. Louis was nicknamed "Mound City" and the biggest of the 27 mounds found on the west side of the Mississippi River once stood at that spot. The mound stood approximately 30 feet high. When the French first claimed the city, they named the mound, "Le Grange de Terre", which in English means "Earthen barn". The mound was torn down as the city of St. Louis grew rapidly in the mid-19th century. Dirt and rocks were used as back fill and for making bricks for the roads.
 
Also see . . .  The Big Mound of St. Louis. From the history blog, Distilled History, this tells the story about the "Big Mound" that was once in St. Louis. (Submitted on September 10, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 10, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 136 times since then and 81 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 10, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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Nov. 30, 2020