This is my first time hearing about this site, and it's history is just stunning.

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The Caddo Mounds

The Caddo/Hasainai began living in this area in about 800 A.D., and was built out over the next 300-600 years. Part of that building included a burial mound, a ceremonial mound, and a low-temple mound.  The site allowed the natives access to the Neches river, making it a good place to call home. The Caddo Mounds are located in Alto, Texas, in Cherokee County (east of Waco, and North-Northwest of Lufkin).

The Tornado

In 2019 a tornado hit the area during a celebration for the Caddo Culture. One person was killed and between 30 and 40 were injured. In addition the visitor center and other building were damaged resulting in the temporary closure of the site. Recognizing the importance of this bit of Texas pre-history, the Texas Legislature immediately allocated $2.5 million for the site to be rebuilt. The area is managed by the Texas Historical Commission.

Now Open

It's been five years, and as of May 18th,  the Caddo Mounds are finally ready for visitors again. In addition to the visitor center there are hiking and walking trails, and occasional demonstrations and lessons on things like weaving and flint making. The photo-ops are fantastic as well. including a traditional grass house. This is a very unique opportunity to learn about Native Americans and Texas pre-history.

One Important Bit Of Trivia

The Hasainai/Caddo language contributed something to our culture that you probably see and/or use every day. The word "Tejas" (Texas) came from a Caddo word (and Spanish interpretation) meaning, "Friend". You can plan your trip to visit the Caddo Mounds here.

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