Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Le Grange de Terre (Big Mound) Memorial

Years and years ago, I posted about the monument to Big Mound on North Broadway in St Louis, MO. At the time, we lamented the lack of plaque identifying the monument, and wondered if it had been forgotten. I am happy to report that the Big Mound rock has a new home and is part of a much greater project!

When out looking for the Le Grange de Terre (Big Mound) Memorial cake last week, first I pulled up to the old site and had a heart attack, because it is just a pile of bricks with no big rock. Then I kind of recalled that it had been moved for some reason having to do with the new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge, and the archaeology project I mentioned in that post from 2010. I backtracked to Mound Street, which you see in the first picture, and lo, a new home for Le Grange de Terre Memorial!

The Mounds Heritage Trail will eventually connect Sugar Loaf Mound in St Louis to the Cahokia Mounds Interpretive Center in Illinois, traveling through various urban & rural points of interest including former mound sites in St Louis and East St Louis. I gathered these details from various news articles from the past 3 years, so if anyone knows of one comprehensive link to trail plans, I would be happy to link to it here!

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