WASHINGTON STATE PARK
Washington County, Missouri

INDIAN PETROGLYPHS

The prehistoric Mississippian Indians were believed to inhabit this area around A.D. 1000.  They made spiritual carvings of thunderbirds, sunbursts, fertility & other symbols called "petroglyphs" in outcroppings of dolomite rock on a mountain above Big River.  This site located at the northeast edge of Washington County, now Washington State Park, was used for the Indians' religious rituals & ceremonies.

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ABOVE:  ACTUAL PETROGLYPH CARVINGS

 

Below:  The other petroglyphs were too faded to show up well on film so we took pictures of the signs above them. There are other petroglyph carvings & signs but we did not photograph them all.

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Pavilion over petroglyphs site.

 

All pictures photographed:   Sept./Oct. 1998

 

 

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