These mounds mark the site of pre-historic Indian homes. They are believed to represent the remains of thatch-roofed circular adobe huts, similar to those now built by the Mandan Indians. Thousands of similar mounds are widely scattered in groups throughout the Ozarks, but are being rapidly destroyed by agricultural agencies. Their builders antedated the Osages. Meager evidence indicates a non-warlike and agricultural race, probably effaced either by pestilence or by warlike enemy tribes.
100 feet east was the Old St. Louis Road, which once ran diagonally through Drury College campus from southwest to northeast. Remains of the earthworks thrown up to fortify this road in the early days of the Civil War can still be obscurely seen on the southwest corner of the campus.
Erected 1927 by University Club and Drury College. (Marker Number XIII.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & Archaeology • Native Americans • Roads & Vehicles • Settlements & Settlers.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fairbanks Hall (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Tau Eta Gamma (local) (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Fairbanks Hall (about 600 feet away); Civil War Entrenchments (about 700 feet away); Stone Chapel (approx. 0.2 miles away); Historic Washington Avenue Baptist Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); First Church In Greene County (approx. 0.6 miles away); First Springfield Railroad (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Springfield.
Also see . . .
1. Indian Mounds Marker Info. (Submitted on December 21, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. "Indian Mounds" in The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture. (Submitted on December 21, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Drury University, Springfield MO. (Submitted on December 21, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 18, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 21, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 363 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 21, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.