Cahokia Mounds is a popular destination to see Native American history east of the Mississippi. However, Native Americans were also an important part of St. Louis history. The Le Grange de Terre (Big Mound) Memorial is one such example. According to a sign at the memorial and New York transplant Cameron’s blog (http://www.distilledhistory.com/about/), the mound slightly north of downtown was built between 900 A.D. and 1300 A.D. Its name comes from the French, and it means “Earthen Barn.” Eventually it earned the nickname “Big Mound,” because it was the largest of 27 Native American mounds west of the Mississippi. As St. Louis grew, the mounds were leveled. The Big Mound is no exception; the 34-feet high, 319-feet long, 158-feet wide mound was leveled in 1869. The resulting dirt and clay were used as backfill and bricks for construction. Today, a boulder remains to mark the general location of the Mound.
Erik Thompson painted the cake at the Big Mound Memorial. It features a wide array of animals, and it has a bit of an anime style to me. The Big Mound deserves some recognition, because it is often overshadowed by Cahokia Mounds. Although Big Mound no longer stands, we owe it to those who built it to remember their history.
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