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August 28, 2008
For reasons currently unknown, the People Who Were Here Before Us built mounds all over the United States. Building a big mound is more complicated than it may seem, and only in recent years have the People Who Are Here Now been able to pile up mounds of similar grandeur — and turn them into tourist attractions — such as Virginia’s 60-foot-tall pile of trash and Missouri’s 70-foot tall pile of nuclear waste.
There’s a new monstrous mound poking up on the horizon, in Oklahoma City, according to The Oklahoman. Named the Central Promontory Mound, it is the centerpiece of the city’s still-under-construction American Indian Cultural Center and Museum. Dedicated on August 26, the ginormous pile is made of 1.7 billion pounds of red earth hauled in 42,000 dump truck loads, and stands 90 feet high.
(By way of comparison, the much ballyhooed Great Serpent Mound in Ohio is only three feet high.)
As the article points out, in earlier days a mound of this magnitude might have taken centuries to build. This one took only two years, which shows what amazing progress we’ve made in the building of mounds.
The American Indian Cultural Center and Museum web site reports that its visitors center will be completed next month. A walking ramp will lead from below ground to “Promontory Peak” at the mound summit, where visitors can ponder the meaning of mounds — or simply watch the traffic on the nearby I-35/I-40 interchange.
World's Largest Mound
American Indian Cultural Center
- 659 American Indian Blvd, Oklahoma City, OK
- Currently off-limits, but you can see it from the street. Southeast side of downtown, at the still-unopen American Indian Cultural Center and Museum. I-35/40 exit 127, then south on Eastern Ave. across the river. On the right.