Indian Mounds Regional Park

Parks & Geology / Saturday, July 18th, 2015

Mounds Park As a purveyor of venturing to new parks, I give you the Indian Mounds Regional Park. It’s a public park that features six prehistoric Native American burial mounds on the 450 million-year-old limestone and sandstone bluffs overlooking downtown Saint Paul. At least 16 burial mounds originally existed on the bluff top. Nineteen more were located further down the bluff above Wakan Tipi, also known as Carver’s Cave. The oldest mounds were constructed 1,500–2,000 years ago by the Hopewellians and later added to by the Dakota. Few realize that these are remnants of one of mankind’s earliest organized civilizations, one that prospered while there were still pharaohs in Egypt and great dynasties in China. These have been sacred for over 2,000 years and thought to be the first people of Minnesota. They are the graves of their ancestors so the utmost respect is asked of by visitors. The park does include a playground, barbecue grills, fire rings, restrooms and a drinking fountain, paved trails, a ball field and tennis courts

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