Ok, I’ll be honest. When I first saw “Flowery Mound” on the map, south of Tallulah, near St. Joseph, I wasn’t expecting much. It sounded too cute. I expected miniature windmills and garden gnomes. Maybe one of those whirligig birds with the spinning wings.
But what I found was a single mound, about 10 feet tall, with an old wooden playhouse built on top. It sits right off Hwy. 128 and can be easily seen from the roadway. No plastic flamingoes were visible.
The mound was built in a single episode around AD 1000 and measures 165 x 130 feet at the base. It is located on a natural levee deposit along Andrews Bayou which is a channel of the Mississippi River. The marker at the site states that the corners are oriented to the cardinal directions. Why? Coincidence?
I pulled over on the shoulder of the road, turned on my flashers and got out to photograph the site. Traffic hurried behind me. I thought the drivers must be wondering what could possibly be interesting about a pile of dirt with a crumbling playhouse on top. I’m sure most of them drive by it often, maybe every day, ignoring the sign and the significance.
I wanted to wave them down. The pile of dirt was built a thousand years ago!!! I’m fairly confident that it’s the coolest thing they will see all day.