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Mounds Heritage Trail

Big Mound

 
 
Mounds Heritage Trail Big Mound Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, September 10, 2019
1. Mounds Heritage Trail Big Mound Marker
Inscription.  Big Mound was the largest mound in the St. Louis Mound Group. A ridge mound, 319 feet long, 158 feet wide, and 34 feet high Big Mound contained a burial chamber holding 20 to 30 individuals. Unfortunately, development in the City of St. Louis led to the complete destruction of Big Mound in 1869. By 1904 nearly all of the mounds in St. Louis had been destroyed. Today only Sugarloaf Mound remains; it is now owned and preserved by the Osage Nation. These mounds were constructed by ancestors of some of today's Indian nations. The site of Big Mound is great significance because of what it once was. This serves to commemorate the culture that once existed in this area, to honor the people who were once buried at this site, and to also remind us that there are living descendent's of that culture and the people who were once here.

(left photo caption:)
"Northeast view of St. Louis from the Illinois Shore"
John Caspar Wild, 1840 color lithograph

(right photo caption:)
Big Mound daguerreotype
Thomas M. Easterly, ca. 1852-54

 
Erected by Great Rivers Greenway.
 
Location.

Le Grange de Terre (Big Mound) Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, September 10, 2019
2. Le Grange de Terre (Big Mound) Plaque
Mounds Heritage Trail Big Mound marker is seen in the background, as well as I-70
38° 38.592′ N, 90° 11.112′ W. Marker is in St. Louis, Missouri. Marker is on Mound Street, 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. Le Grange de Terre (Big Mound) (a few steps from this marker); La Grande Rue (approx. 0.9 miles away); Old Missouri Hotel (approx. 0.9 miles away); Old Judge Coffee Bldg. (approx. 0.9 miles away); Rue de l’Eglise (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Missouri Athletic Club (approx. 0.9 miles away); Site of First Mormon Meeting Place in St. Louis (approx. 0.9 miles away); Lewis and Clark and St. Louis Riverfront (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Louis.
 
Categories. Man-Made FeaturesNative Americans
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on September 15, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 11, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 37 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 11, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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