Posts Tagged ‘Iowa – National Park’

It sounded like raindrops. Looking up from our steep path, it was leaves, dripping from the very tops of the maples and hickories and walnuts. Slowly at first, then gaining speed, they cascaded into one another as we watched them from our perched path.

More than 200 mounds are located in this national monument.

It is quiet as is fitting for a sacred place

It is breathtakingly beautiful.

The path we took was steep and strenuous in parts with many switch backs. It was worth every step.

Come with me for a spell, won’t you?

Be sure to click on the next picture to find the fisherman in the boat. You may need to click a second time.

We did not take pictures of the mounds. They are sacred and we honor that. The mounds are believed to have been built more than a thousand years ago in much of the eastern and midwestern United States. Some mounds are conical and are believed to hold human remains. Other mounds are in the shape of bears and birds. This is the largest grouping of effigies in the States. It was dedicated as a national monument by President Harry Truman in 1949.

Monuments are not always statues and stones.


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