Historic Sites

Blood Run National Historic Landmark

Explore mounds and village sties occupied by the Oneota and Prairie Sioux

This National Historic Landmark was a large village and ceremonial site of the people who were ancestors of the Omaha, Iowa, Ponca and Otoe-Missouria tribes. The Big Sioux River, abudant game, fertile soil for gardens and access to pipestone made this land attractive to these people. It was a major trading site from about 1500 to 1700. Hundreds of burial mounds were once observed and many are protected at this site.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the State Historical Society, Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs are engaged in a master planning process for the Blood Run National Historic Landmark in Lyon County. Visit Iowa Good Earth at Blood Run Cultural Landscape Master Plan to follow the planning process and to provide your ideas and comments along the way. This twelve month process will result in a Cultural Landscape Study and master plan that will guide future site preservation and development of this resource known as Good Earth at Blood Run.


1/2 mile south of 1001 120th St.
Larchwood, IA 51241
(712) 472-2217 (Lyon County Conservation Board)


Open year-round
Daily: Sunrise - Sunset

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Craig Van Otterloo
Lyon County Conservation Board
311 First Ave. E
Rock Rapids, IA 51246
Telephone: 712-472-2217 

Jerome Thompson
State Historical Society of Iowa
600 East Locust
Des Moines, IA 50319
Telephone: 515-281-4221
Email: Jerome.Thompson@iowa.gov

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