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Quincy in Adams County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Mississippian

The First Farmers

— AD 1000-1300 —

 
 
Mississippian Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, May 11, 2020
1. Mississippian Marker
Inscription.  
Farming changes almost every part of life and leads to the development of Mississippian culture. Mississippian farmers grow corn, squash, beans, and some native plants. They also hunt, gather, and fish, producing enough food to feed towns and cities. Mississippian communities appear from Georgia to Oklahoma and Wisconsin to the Gulf Coast. In Illinois, Mississippian culture disappears around AD 1400, but it persists in other areas.

Mississippian farmers live in buildings perched atop earthen mounds. An open plain for games and rituals is often nearby, and neighborhoods of thatch roofed houses surround the plaza. A big stockade protects large Mississippian communities from intruders. Nearby are small (unreadable) farmers will take their produce in (unreadable) exchange it for other goods.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureAnthropology & ArchaeologyNative AmericansSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 39° 54.944′ N, 91° 24.6′ W. Marker is in Quincy, Illinois, in Adams
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County. Marker is on Indian Mounds Park, 0.1 miles west of South 5th Street, on the right when traveling west. Marker is on the grounds of Indian Mounds Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1500 South 5th Street, Quincy IL 62301, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Marquette & Jolliet (a few steps from this marker); Woodland (within shouting distance of this marker); Archaic (within shouting distance of this marker); Quincy (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Paleoindian (about 300 feet away); Indian Mounds Park (about 300 feet away); The Monument (approx. ¼ mile away); Honoring Soldiers (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Quincy.
 
Mississippian Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, May 11, 2020
2. Mississippian Marker
In Indian Mounds Park
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 25, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 20, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 133 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 20, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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