Quirky Attraction: St. Paul Indian Mounds

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St. Paul Indian Mounds Park
Location: St. Paul, Minnesota (10 Mounds Blvd.)
When to visit: Open from sunrise to 11 pm
Cost: Free
Time needed to enjoy: 15 minutes
Website: www.ci.stpaul.mn.us/facilities.aspx?pagenum=20&RID=53&Page=detail

Around 2,000 years ago, members of the Hopewell Native American tribe buried their dead in a series of mounds atop a hill in what is now St. Paul, Minnesota. Later, the Dakota tribe used the site for the same purpose.

Today, there are six burial mounds in what has become Indian Mounds Park. There were once 16 mounds there, but most were destroyed over time.

respect burial sites

When the mounds were excavated, researchers discovered log tombs, pit burials, beer teeth, copper sheets and ornaments, and even a clay mask over a skull that perfectly replicated the person’s face.

A lot of American cities have Indian burial ground areas. One of the things that’s special about the St. Paul park is that it overlooks the downtown skyline and the Mississippi River, making it one of the most scenic spots in the Twin Cities. Many visitors to the park come not for the burial mounds but for the views, or simply to enjoy a quiet walk in a green space.

st paul skyline

Have you ever visited a burial ground?

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About Scott Shetler

Scott is a Chicago-based journalist and blogger who seeks out quirky sights and awesome destinations throughout North America and beyond.

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