Proposed St. Louis stadium for Rams is on site of sacred Indian burial mounds (no, really)

What does the St. Louis Rams stadium demand saga need, now that it’s already been through an arbitrator ruling that Rams owner Stan Kroenke could break his lease thanks to the city’s terrible contract lawyers, Kroenke refusing to talk to the governor’s stadium tax force when they call, proposals to spend more than $400 million in state money without explaining where it would come from, and controversies over tearing down historic warehouses to make way for a new stadium? How about, I dunno, the new stadium being built atop an ancient Indian burial mound? Can we get that?

Big Mound, which was 319 feet long, 158 feet wide and 34 feet high, was at the northern end of the St. Louis formation.

Most of the rest of the mounds were in the footprint of the proposed football stadium.

Yep, the Rams stadium mess officially now has everything. Not that this will likely be a major factor given that St. Louis demolished its mounds in the 19th century (the ones across the river are still there), but you’ve still got to appreciate St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Bill McClellan’s suggestion that the city should just reconstruct the mounds instead as a tourist attraction, since “it would be a lot cheaper to rebuild the mounds than to build a stadium. Plus, the owners could never threaten to take the team away. The owners died centuries ago.”

 

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