Dixon Mounds: Unearthing those who came before us

It seems unlikely the public display of human skeletons would even be considered today let alone allowed, but times were different 91 years ago when Don F. Dickson opened his archaeological dig to the public. That first year, approximately 10,000 people visited what became Dickson Mounds Museum.

Located about midway between Havana and Lewistown, the Dickson family began farming the land in 1866. By the early 1900s, some family members were digging up some archaeological sites on their property. These discoveries would fire the imagination of a nine-year-old youngster. Though he would become a chiropractor, archaeology and the American Indians who lived in Illinois would become his all-consuming passion. &nbsp;&nbsp;<ahref="http://etypeservices.com/Cass%20County%20Star%20GazetteID497/"><spanstyl... 13px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">To view more, please log in or subscribe to the digital edition.</span></a></p>