CAHOKIA MOUNDS STATE HISTORIC SITE
The interpretive center at the site of the largest pre-Columbian city north of Mexico has won a prestigious award from the American Association for State and Local History for its new exhibit, Wetlands and Waterways: The Key to Cahokia, a 52-foot, life-sized diorama that depicts the importance of the waterways and natural resources to the success of the culture that lived here from about AD 1000 – AD 1350 and features a 21-foot, 700-year old dugout. The exhibit is only a small part of the outstanding interpretive center, which features superb exhibits on the history of the culture that flourished here and mysteriously diappeared. www. cahokiamounds.org. 30 Ramey Dr., near Collinsville, IL. 618.346.5160. Map 1-3G.