|The Mississippian culture had not yet discovered "Joe's Carpet King" in this rendering. |
'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