There used to be several Indian mounds in ‘Mound City’ 

Years ago St. Louis had the nickname “Mound City.” That name is rarely used today and most people have never heard it used.

There were forty mounds in what is now the city when St. Louis was founded in 1764. The largest of these was called Big Mound.  

Big Mound was about 319 feet long and 158 feet wide at its base. The height of this mound was about 34 feet above ground level.

Mounds in the St. Louis area were built by ancient American Indians whose descendants are today’s Native American tribes.  

Mounds were built by baskets full of dirt over a period of many years.

Cahokia Monks Mound

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