Posted: Oct 7, 2008 3:52 pm
Forget Carpet House or even Red Carpet Lounge.
Resurrect the mounds!
The mounds were crafted by Native Americans during the late Woodland period, circa A.D. 500-1300. Several dozen ancient mounds are believed to have been used as burial grounds and for decorative and ceremonial purposes in this area. The Native Americans who settled here later believed the mounds to be sacred, without knowing who built them, but most of the mounds were leveled when European settlers transformed Detroit as an agricultural town.
"There were mounds right where the Rouge River meets the Detroit River, on the Detroit side," Hocking says.
"The two largest mounds were right near the Detroit River, south of Jefferson and east of Rouge, and the one that was closest to the river was conical in shape, and estimated to be about 50 feet tall and 300 feet in diameter, but it was eroded by cattle. Now there's a giant brownfield there. Southwest Delray was heavy with native sites too, but the only evidence is on Fort Wayne. They do have a small mound they've preserved, but it's very small and fenced off and so overgrown you can't really see it anymore."