This Hidden Trail In Missouri Leads To A Magnificent Archaeological Treasure
By Liz Oliver|Published January 23, 2018
Liz is a Missouri native with a B.A. in English from Mizzou and a M.A. in Non-Profit Administration from Lindenwood University. She works for a STL metro-area community college and enjoys writing, traveling, and indoor cycling. Her true passion is forcing her encyclopedic knowledge of Missouri facts on uninterested strangers from across the globe!
Did you know that Missouri has a hidden little park dedicated to preserving an important archaeological and paleontological site? The Mastodon State Historic Site, in Imperial, was excavated by Albert C. Koch, Ph.D., in 1839 after locals reported finding bones along Rock Creek. Dr. Koch eventually uncovered the bones of an American mastodon. Later, additional excavations uncovered human artifacts from the “Clovis” culture. This discovery proved that humans and mastodons existed in Missouri together over 10,000 years ago. Today, visitors can hike the Wildflower Trail through the park for a view of the protected bone bed after visiting the awesome on-site museum.