Mitchell Mound

Scattered amid the ephemera of Route 66 and the berm of Interstate 270, is the one remaining mound from a clustering of Mississippian mounds known as the Mitchell Mound Center. This mound group was arrayed along the north bank of Long Lake and originally consisted of 11 mounds. Like so many other mounds in the region, the destruction of this grouping began with the first railroad that passed through the area in 1876, when associated excavation destroyed most of the large mortuary complex. Today, Mound A of the Mitchell site is wedged between the gravel parking lot of a building-supply yard and the earthen berm of I-270. This 1000 year old mound foregrounds the sort of stark landscape adjacencies that mark the entirety of the American Bottom.