Indian Mounds Park

Mounds Park was established in 1893 and is one of the oldest parks in the region.Indian Mounds Park, situated atop Dayton's Bluff east of downtown St. Paul, is a burial site for at least two American Indian cultures. It is situated upstream from where the first historic Kaposia village site was located.

Anthropologists believe that an ancient people known as "Hopewell" created the earliest mounds, which were built between 1,500 - 2,000 years ago. Although there was much diversity in the mound-building customs, the typical Hopewell mound had a distinct internal structure. A low, circular platform of clay was constructed at the center of the mound. Ashes of the deceased were placed in the concave top of the platform, and sometimes fine pottery and stone tools were also included. This was all covered by the conical mound, which consisted of alternating layers of sand and earth. The Hopewell capped the mound with a thick layer of gravel and pebbles.

In more recent times, the Dakota Indians used this site for their burials. Unlike the Hopewell, the Dakota wrapped the bones of their deceased in a buffalo skin before burying them. Valuable objects like knives, foods, pipes, or even horses or canoes were also placed within the mound. The Dakota may have used mounds constructed by the Hopewell or constructed their own on the same site.

At least thirty-seven mounds once stood along the bluffs of the Mounds Park area; only six remain.

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Latitude: 44.946709 Longitude: -93.05576 Elevation: 924 ft
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Recreational Opportunities

The park has paved trails that traverse the bluffs. There is an outstanding view of the Mississippi River and of the St. Paul and Minneapolis skylines. Picnic tables and a large pavilion are also available.

Seasons Accessible

Year round. 

Fees

Free

Accessibility Notes

All trails are paved with some slopes. 

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets are allowed on a leash. 

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