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Caddo Mounds State Historic Site

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Address: 1649 State Highway 21, Alto, TX 75925-5739
Phone Number:
+1 936-858-3218
08:30 - 16:30
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Tue - Sun 08:30 - 16:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

More than 1,200 years ago, a group of Caddo Indians knows as the Hasinai...

More than 1,200 years ago, a group of Caddo Indians knows as the Hasinai built a village and ceremonial center on the prairie overlooking the Neches River. The site was the southwestern-most ceremonial center for the great Mound Builders, a culture which spanned the eastern North American woodlands for more than 2,500 years. Today, three earthen mounds still rise from the lush Pineywoods landscape. Discover the everyday life of the Caddo people through captivating burials, religious ceremonies and a temple; and explore the history of this ancient site.

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Fascinating history lesson

Great short trip from Mission Tejas. About an hour to tour it. Great exhibits about the early Caddoans.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 January 2017
dallas, texas
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dallas, texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

Great short trip from Mission Tejas. About an hour to tour it. Great exhibits about the early Caddoans.

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Irthlingborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

This area was settled a looong time ago: earlier than most people would know. If you are in the area, you should visit and find out about the history of the site. If you don't have the time or energy to walk round you can take the tour in a golf cart, and the staff are knowledgeable and indeed passionate... More 

Thank turkishjim
Murphy, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2016

Great stop to learn about a part of Texas history. My boys loved the golf cart ride to the different parts of the property and they really loved that it's a "touch" museum. We played drums, tried out a bow and arrow (no shooting of arrows, don't worry) and sat down on a wolf-skin blanket. A great stop for kids.

Thank John R
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2016

The docent of this site was very helpful and informative, clearly very interested in maintaining the cultural significance of this site. There is a nice gravel trail around the grounds and informative signs to give you an idea of what the area was like when the Caddo people lived there. I had heard it mentioned that they may add a... More 

Thank holicow
Lufkin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2016

Whether you live in East Texas or are passing by you need to make a stop here. It is a great place to learn a little piece of history! The museum is hands on and has a great deal to see and read about. You can sit down for a 9 minute video about the Caddo Indians (highly recommended) before... More 

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Jacksonville, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2016

Nice spot out in the open. So beautiful and peaceful here. Nice place to take family and friends. Right on the main road and cannot miss

Thank Christina L
Corpus Christi, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2015

This is a well preserved historic site that we caught just before sunset. The low sun accentuated the mounds and made our walk very pleasant. Park closed at 4:30.

Thank TexanAbroad
Houghton, Michigan, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2015 via mobile

If you're looking for a good educational stop, definitely worth the drive from the highway. Very interesting. Not the most impressive mounds I've ever seen, but a great site with a lot of great information nonetheless.

Thank Kyle B
Des Moines
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2015

The Caddo Mounds are located just south of Alto which is an hour south of Tyler and Tyler is 2 hours west of Dallas. Admission is $4.00 per adult and has a paved parking lot. The Caddo Mounds consist of 3 mounds, a burial mound and temple mound you can walk around and a second temple mound on the other... More 

Thank SillyG2003
Austin, TX
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2015

Others have said it better than I can but I found this place super interesting. You probably won't be super wowed with what you see but if you're interested in learning, reading and visualizing the ancient history here, you'll absolutely love it. We drove about an hour out of our way and I'm glad we did. Plus, the folks working... More 

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