Iowa’s Ancient Trails

Mar 09, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Conference Room A Council Bluffs Public Library


Iowa’s unique archaeological past comes alive!  Almost all of Iowa’s existing roads postdate 1850. Today’s familiar one-mile checkerboard of roads replaced a far older trail system built by Indians, traders and soldiers before American settlement. Traces of these ancient trails still exist and have evolved into field roads, gravel roads or modern highways. The Office of the State Archaeologist documented the surviving pre-settlement roads and trails in the northern half of Iowa, and developed a plan for these ancient routes to be preserved and appreciated.

Eight driving tours were designed to highlight archaeological and historic points of interest along these routes. Cherie Haury-Artz will discuss the Ancient Trails project and highlight Tour 8 featuring the beautiful Loess Hills landscape.

These events are made possible by the Transportation Alternatives Program, Office of Systems Planning at the Iowa Department of Transportation, the Golden Hills RC&D and the Loess Hills Archaeological Interpretive Center.

This program is FREE and open to the public.