It took years of trying, but Cahokia Mounds State Park in Illinois finally got some money to purchase additional land adjacent to the existing park. The park currently protects 2,200 acres of the original 4,000 that comprised the ancient city, and the additional money will help acquire land from private farmers and homeowners in Collinsville.
Cahokia, a World Heritage site, was the center of a vast inland culture during the Mississippian Period from 800 AD to 1400 AD. The centerpiece of the site is Monks Mound, one of the largest mounds in the New World. The mound is over 100 feet high, and covers 14 acres at its base. The mound got its name from a Trappist monastery who lived nearby in the early 1800’s.