Author Archives: Brianna Woller

Spotlight Illinois: Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Cahokia Mounds Collinsville

Credit: Porter Binks

Witness remains of the most sophisticated prehistoric native civilization north of Mexico by visiting the Cahokia Mounds Historic Site. The mystery of this ancient metropolis, which was inhabited from about A.D. 700 to 1400 when the site was abandoned, remains unsolved. 800 acres of the original 2,200-acre site is open for the public to explore, in addition to a World-Class Interpretive Center. Take a guided tour or traverse the mounds yourself.

Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site
30 Ramey Steret
Collinsville, IL 62234
(618) 346-5160


Spotlight Iowa: Pikes Peak State Park

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

The picturesque Pikes Peak State Park in Iowa is a nature-lover’s dream. You can camp, picnic at one of its 77 sites, bike or hike 11.5 miles of trails. Along the trails, you’ll witness Decorah limestone formations, fossil remains and gorgeous wooded bluffs and valleys, including the refreshing Bridal Veil Falls. Peek over the park’s 500-foot bluff and you’ll see the union of the Wisconsin and Mississippi Rivers.

Pikes Peak State Park
32264 Pikes Peak Road
McGregor, IA 52157
(563) 873-2341

Spotlight Wisconsin: Stonefield Historic Site

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Discover the agricultural history of Stonefield, a community that helped make Wisconsin become “America’s Dairyland.” The 2000-acre Stonefield estate was originally home to Wisconsin’s First Governor, Nelson Dewey, until it burned down in 1873. Eventually reconstructed and passed among a string of different owners, the land was bought by the state in 1936 and transformed into a village that celebrates Wisconsin’s rich agricultural history. More than 30 buildings, antique farm equipment and Stonefield’s State Farm Museum make up this historic site.

Stonefield Historic Site
PO Box 125
12195 Hwy VV
Cassville, WI 53806
(608) 725-5210

Spotlight Minnesota: Historic Fort Snelling

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Historic Fort SnellingLocated in Saint Paul, Minn., Historic Fort Snelling is a National Historic Landmark dedicated to Minnesota history. A visit to this reconstructed 1820s military outpost will teach you a history lesson about Minnesota’s military from the pre-Civil War era through World War II. You’ll also learn about the fur trade, American Indian history and the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. Explore this historical place starting May 25, when Fort Snelling opens for the season.

Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave.
Saint Paul, MN 55111
(612) 726-1171