ALTO – A beloved historical site that was ravaged by a tornado this past April is formally in business: Caddo Mounds State Historical Site will host a 1 p.m. reopening ceremony Saturday, Jan. 11, at 1649 Texas Highway 21, west of Alto.
In honor of the occasion, officials will plant a cedar tree and a native Muscadine grape vine in Snake Woman's Garden.
The event is sponsored by the Texas Historical Commission and the Friends of Caddo Mounds Inc., and is free to the public. Donations to the Friends group are welcome, said site manager Anthony Souther.
Caddo Mounds State Historic Site, a Texas Historical Commission property, is comprised of the remains of a large village and ceremonial 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, according to a release.
The 397-acre site first opened to the public in 1982, and gradually included walking trails, a new visitor center featuring displays and exhibits on everyday life of the early Caddo people, and a grass house erected in 2018 by volunteers led by two members of the Caddo Nation of Oklahoma.
However, one of three tornadoes that ripped through the area on April 13, 2019, damaged the site.
State officials estimated the cost to rebuild the visitors center, replace vehicles, equipment and perform necessary repairs to be approximately $2.5 million.
For directions or additional information, call 936-858-3218, or visit the Facebook page, “Caddo Mounds State Historic Site.”