Welcome to Mound City, Missouri! This lithograph, produced around 1873, shows St. Louis as it then appeared, with its long-held nickname “Mound City.” A quick scan of the image, however, reveals an unquestionably flat city, completely devoid of any mounds.
The St. Louis area was the home of many Native American peoples. The most lasting monuments that they built were the mounds—great heaps of earth expertly crafted into flat, conical, or wedge-topped shapes. Some of these were burial mounds, and some were the homes of the elites of the mound-building cultures. Read more »