Our Big Mounds Get Big Photo Spread in National Geographic

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The Mississippian culture had not yet discovered "Joe's Carpet King" in this rendering.
National Geographic's 2,500-word feature on Cahokia Mounds, currently out in the January issue, begins on a rather embarrassing note for the St. Louis area:

I'm standing at the center of what was once the greatest civilization between the deserts of Mexico and the North American Arctic--America's first city and arguably American Indians' finest achievement--and I just can't get past...
...the four-lane gash that cuts through this historic site. Instead of imagining the thousands of people who once teemed on the grand plaza here, I keep returning to the fact that Cahokia Mounds in Illinois is one of only eight cultural World Heritage sites in the United States, and it's got a billboard for Joe's Carpet King smack in the middle of it.
Sigh. On the bright side, this feature has apparently generated an uptick in out-of-town visitors to the Mounds, according to Scott Cousins' article in the Post-Dispatch today.

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