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- The Miamisburg Mound is one of the largest Native American burial mounds east of the Mississippi River.
- The conical shape allows from unique views, especially if seen from the air.
Miamisburg is home to one of the largest remaining Native American burial mounds east of the Mississippi River. The mound is located on a high hill in Miamisburg and was marveled at by early Ohio settlers.
Here are things to know about it:
Built as a burial mound: The mound is believed to be a remnant of the Adena culture from approximately 800 B.C. to 100 A.D. because of its conical shape and similarity to other burial mounds according to the Ohio Historical Society.
Thomas Jefferson approved its land purchase: As settlers moved west into Ohio in the early 1800’s, Jacob Lawres purchased 175 acres of timberland on which the mound sits in 1806. His land deed was signed by President Thomas Jefferson.
The mound is shorter now than when it was discovered: The site was partially excavated in 1896 and is now approximately 70 feet tall. The excavation yielded important clues to the use of the mound, including structures, ashes, and one burial.
How big is it? The base of the mound covers about 1.5 acres and the circumference is 877 feet. The mound was covered in trees when it was discovered.
A historical site: The site of the mound became a park in 1920 when Charles F. Kettering purchased it. Kettering subsequently gave the land to the Ohio Historical Society in 1929.
Here are some ways the community has captured the mound in photos: