5/9/11

Our Forgotten Indian Mound and the Bones of Giants

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There use to be an Indian Mound Elementary school when I was a kid in the town of Marion Ohio.  The school no longer stands and has been replaced by a playground.  I did not attend the school and always wondered if there was an Indian Mound anywhere in the area.  So we drove out one day to search for any mounds.  Its a sprawling residential part of town, and unless you have any reason for being there, you've never seen it.  So we were amazed when we found an area that is never talked about in any local tourism guides, and no one really speaks about in town; a well kept Indian mound and an enclosure.  There are no signs to designate the area and in fact people were riding their ATV's up it a little while before we got there.  

The mound that stands within walking distance of the now demolished Indian Mound elementary school.

I suppose if I asked the historical society they might have some information.  Is this Adena?  Is this Hopewell?  I do not know.  Further inspection shows what looks like some kind of archeological dig that took place some time ago.  The back half of the mound is gone and the enclosure nearby is small compared to those in Newark.

On top of the mound.

The concrete patch.

  
The 'L' shaped enclosure has been preserved.
 A few streets over is a street called Mound Street.  Though I have driven it a few times, I have never seen any mounds there.  If there were any, and I'm sure there must have been, they are long gone.  I use to wonder if the Lincoln Park hill was a mound, but have been told, and heard it growing-up, that it is left over dirt from construction in the area.  Always a danger for amateur mound hunters!

And speaking of Marion, when it comes to legends of the past, none is more strange than the little known following story that I only learned of in recent years.  

Evidence for the occupation of this region before the appearance of the red man and the white race is to be found in almost every part of the county, as well as through the northwest generally. In removing the gravel bluffs, which are numerous and deep, for the construction and repair of roads, and in excavating cellars, hundreds of human skeletons, some of them of giant form, have been found. A citizen of Marion County estimates that there were about as many human skeletons in the knolls of Marion County as there are white inhabitants at present!

The History of Marion County, Ohio 1883
I first read this from websites quoting Mary Sutherland's Giants of Ohio and the Mound Builders.  I highly recommend it as a string point for giants in the past.  I have no idea, and doubt that anyone will ever know where those giant human bones were found.  Maybe the above mound is very old?  These legends of giants in Indian lore date back to very distant times.  Giants aside, the fact that Mounds and the ancient Indian past of North America is never really taught to us in school, except that 'Columbus came here one day and that's that', is pretty sad, and does everyone living in a former sacred site a disservice.  "A citizen of Marion County estimates that there were about as many human skeletons in the knolls of Marion County as there are white inhabitants at present!"  We are all living in a haunted land.            

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14 comments:

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    1. I believe the mansion you mentioned is actually Kingwood Center, built by Charles Kelley King in 1926 as cited from this web page: http://www.kingwoodcenter.org/cms/index.php/about

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    2. Between the old high school and Indian mound school are some woods that have over a hundred mounds. I used to ride my bike thru there and also filmed a short film there in 1979.

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  2. Wow I thought I was the only one from Marion who knew there was a real indian mound there. Sad that NOTHING is said anywhere in our history or schools. This could be something we could be proud of. One of the reasons I left that town. No one cares.

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    1. I should say that I don't know for sure what that mound is. It could be industrial earth moving from recent times. But the former School name of Indian Mound and a nearby street called Mound Street really makes me wonder. Thanks for your comment. :-)

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    2. I grew up in Marion and remember going to Indian Mound. Back then it looked like a small rise in the ground and was in a place with some small trees and a few larger ones. While I lived there, no one seemed to have any proof that there were any bones or Indian artifacts in that area. I hope someday we'll know for sure, but I doubt it. Marion was a great place to grow up though. There were several places to explore and pretend. And of course we had our share of famous (and infamous) people living there. Marion's most famous person, was probably President Harding and the Harding Memorial is a beautiful monument to his memory...and becareful about what you say about President Harding in Marion or you may be run out of town....jst kidding, but he town does care about how he's remembered.

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    3. I also attended Indian Mounds Elementary the first year it was open. We used to ride our bikes on the mounds near the school. Then they fenced the mounds in to keep us out. But we found ways to get in. Finally they blocked everything so we couldn't get in. We found arrow heads in the mounds. Someone believed it was an actual Indian mound or they wouldn't have closed it in.

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  4. I found out about this mound after moving to Marion. We have recently started Geocaching (www.geocaching.com) and found that this would be a great place to place our cache. We DID get permission to place our cache here, as it is open to the public all year round. Thanks for the info! I will be using some it to educate future cache hunters!!! Together, we will make this place known!!

    Wiccanwanderers

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  5. I found out about this mound after moving to Marion. We have recently started Geocaching (www.geocaching.com) and found that this would be a great place to place our cache. We DID get permission to place our cache here, as it is open to the public all year round. Thanks for the info! I will be using some it to educate future cache hunters!!! Together, we will make this place known!!

    Wiccanwanderers

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  6. I grew up in Marion,Ohio and played in the Indian mounds.We found lot of flint arrow heads there.I am 74 years old and I do not remember any talk about them.We would ride our bikes up and down the hills.They built Harding HI School to the west of it in the 50's.

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  7. I also grew up in Marion. I left at 18 and have only been back a few times to visit. i rode my bike thru the mound as a kid and attended Harding High School. There was a Dig of sort in the 1880's of the mound and many artifacts and skeletons were remove. It is said that all faced east and were buried standing.

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  8. I went to Indian Mound Elementary from kindergarten through 5th grade. The school still stands but has been renamed Harrison Elementary/

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