Star Gazing at Caddo Mounds State Historic Site

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Caddo Mounds Burial Mound

Alto, Texas- Caddo Mounds State Historic Site and Mission Tejas are set to inspire stargazers January 16, among the ancient earthen mounds in Cherokee County. Make plans to get away from the lights of the big city to catch a better glimpse of the night sky and let the galaxy come into focus.

Beginning at 4:30p.m., Caddo Mounds State Historic Site Educator and Interpreter Rachel Galan will share Caddo history and culture through themed star stories. As darkness falls, Mission Tejas State Park Ranger Josh Crawford and Lake Livingston State Park Ranger Joel Janssen will guide stargazers through the night sky until about 7:30p.m.

“Caddo Mounds State Historic Site is a dark sky area, which allows incredible views of constellations and heavenly bodies. Stargazing is a great way to show youngsters the vastness of space, and if you are so inclined, incredible photography is possible,” said Galan.

The night sky is one of nature’s most incredible treasures, and stargazers are invited to attend the event at no charge, although donations are appreciated. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs, picnic style snacks, cameras and telescopes.

Caddo Mounds State Historic Site is located six miles west of Alto at 1649 State Hwy 21. The site is approximately 3o minutes from Lufkin, Nacogdoches, Jacksonville and Crockett, Texas.

For more information about stargazing at the site please contact Rachel Galan at 936-858-3218 or Rachel.galan@thc.state.tx.us. Follow Caddo Mounds State Historic Site on Facebook for more updates about upcoming events.

Caddo Mounds State Historic Site, a Texas Historical Commission property, is the remains of a large village and religious center built by a group of Caddo Indians known as the Hasinai more than 1,200 years ago on the prairie overlooking the Neches River. Located on the historic El Camino Real de los Tejas, the site presents the culture and customs of the Caddo people through intriguing exhibits, displays and preserved burial and ceremonial mounds. For more information visit www.visitcaddomounds.com.

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