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Blood Run National Historic Landmark

Visiting Information

1 mile south of 1001 120th St.
Larchwood, IA 51241
Latitude/Longitude: 43.467369, -96.576088

Grounds Open sunrise to sunset

Free admission

For more information contact:
State Historical Society of Iowa
600 E. Locust St.
Des Moines, IA 50319
(515) 281-4221

Imagine this site as it once was – a large village and ceremonial site of the ancestors of the Omaha, Ponca, Iowa and Oto-Missouria tribes, participants in the Oneota traditions. These people were attracted to the site by the Big Sioux River, abundant game, fertile soil and access to pipestone. The land was inhabited from 900 A.D. to 1720 A.D. and was a major trading site from about 1500 to 1700.

Take a self-guided walking tour along mowed trails to view protected burial mounds, village sites and other features of cultural interest.

Blood Run is located in Iowa and South Dakota along the Big Sioux River and Blood Run Creek. South Dakota is developing the Good Earth State Park at Blood Run and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources is working on a study to develop a companion park in Iowa.

Walking Tour (1.43 MB)
Site History (735.22 KB)
Teacher's Guide (643.61 KB)