Historic Hwy 51

KENTUCKY - Wickliffe Mounds
Wickliffe Mounds is located on Highway 51 in Wickliffe, Ballard County, Kentucky. As a matter of fact, it was the construction of Highway 51 in 1932 that road crews cut through the south end of this prehistoric Mississippian village revealing numerous artifacts!

This incident caught the attention of a known Indian-relic collector from Padacah named Colonel Fain W. King. Colonel King bought up the property in 1932 and began excavating the mounds here. King created a museum and attraction at this site known as the Ancient Buried City, a major tourist stop along Highway 51.

Wickliffe Mounds is an archaeological site of a prehistoric Native American village of the Mississippian mound-building culture. The village was occupied from about 1100 to 1350 A.D.

Wickliffe Mounds is Kentucky's first Archaeological Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Now operated by Kentucky Department of Parks, Wickliffe Mounds offers visitors a first-hand look at excavated mounds, Native American artifacts, Mississippian culture, the science of archaeology and the history of the park.

Tours, educational presentations and special events enhance the interpretive themes.

Click here for News Release from the KY Department of Parks - Wickliffe Mounds Celebrates Native American Heritage Month.

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