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A carefully designed trail leads visitors to the mounds between Dubuque and Sageville.
Only the chain link fence gives a visitor a clue to the presence of the mounds. Photo: 2013

LITTLE MAQUOKETA RIVER MOUNDS PRESERVE. Discovered in 1977 by a team of state archaeologists, the site is north of Dubuque just outside of Sageville along Highway 52. Planned as a residential development by contractor Jim Edwards, the hill was found to contain twenty-eight Native American burial mounds. The site was described by the scientists as one of the best preserved burial grounds in eastern Iowa.

Native Americans constructed the mounds between 200 A.D. and 1700 A.D. Some stand four feet high, while others have heights measured in inches. To construct them, an estimated ten thousand bushels of earth were moved into the area. A footpath provides visitor access to the area. (Photo Courtesy: http://dubuque-tour.tripod.com)