Allison Blood, KMOX News

CAHOKIA, IL (KMOX) – One conservation group says the Cahokia Mounds are as historically important as the pyramids in Egypt.

So Heartland Conservancy is trying to get that site, along with any surrounding  mounds, designated as a National Historic Site. Project Manager Ed Weilbacher says whether it would be classified as a National Park or some other kind of historic site, the designation would help bring tourism and money to the region.

“You know often times they come [here] because of the Gateway Arch because it’s a national park,” he said. “And they might go see Cahokia Mounds. But if we had Cahokia Mounds as a national designation they might come for that purpose by itself, or both of them.”

He says there are mounds throughout southern Illinois, and some in Chesterfield. Weilbacher adds that recently, during the construction of the new Mississippi River Bridge, another small city was discovered.

He says the application for the national status is “long and political,” but if there’s grassroots support, it will be easier.

There are two more public meetings scheduled on the project:

March 14, 6:00-7:00 at the Granite City Township Community Building, 2060 Delmar Ave, in Granite City.

May 13, 6:00-8:00 at the Sugarloaf Township Building, 240 S. Fifth St. in Dupo.


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