Caddo Mounds site reported Tuesday the damages made during the annual Caddo Culture Day festival, which was set to run last Saturday until 3 p.m.
“Our hearts are broken by the suffering of our friends across Alto, Cherokee County, and elsewhere who were impacted by the terrible storm and tornado over the weekend.” said THC’s Caddo Mounds Historic Site Marke Wolfe.
The 397-acre Caddo Mounds site, a Texas Historical Commission property, is located in Cherokee County, west of Nacogdoches. Built more than 1,200 years ago by a group of Caddo Indians
“Site staff had only minor injuries. But members of the Caddo Nation and of the Friends of Caddo Mounds were among the many injured and traumatized by this horrific event. It is especially unfair that a day of celebration for the tribe and for other guests from across the region became such a nightmare.” said Wolfe.
First opened to the public in 1982, the site consists of two temple mounds, a burial mound and a large portion of the adjacent village area. Today, a walking trail guides visitors around the earthen mounds. A visitors center with exhibits and displays is also on site for visitors to learn about the everyday life of the early Caddo people.
“One person lost their life at the site. Their identity has not been released and we are uncertain whether they were attending the event or sought shelter there from the tornado. Regardless of why they were there, it is a terrible loss, and our hearts go out to this individual’s loved ones.” said Wolfe.
“Our estimate to rebuild the visitors center, to replace vehicles and equipment, and to make other necessary repairs, is $2.5 million. We’re already working on efforts to identify resources to accomplish this goal. We believe that Caddo Mounds State Historic Site will be an important part of the area’s recovery.” said Wolfe.
Ways you can help:
BancorpSouth has set up a fund for disaster recovery. You can call 936-858-4416 to donate, or send donations to: BancorpSouth, Alto Relief Fund, P.O. Box 430, Alto, TX 75925. Other verified donation opportunities to assist the community will be made available.