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July 30, 2020

Contact: Dennis Peterson
Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center, Oklahoma Historical Society
Office: 918-962-2062

Spiro Mounds Erects New Highway Sign

SPIRO, Okla. — On Wednesday, July 22, Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center, with the help of Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS) staff from Fort Towson Historic Site, replaced the aging sign at Highway 9/271 and Lock and Dam Road that directed traffic to the site. The new sign was designed by OHS graphic designers and printed by Choctaw Printing. This project was made possible in part by a donation from Choctaw Nation Tourism and additional funds from the Spiro Mounds Development Association, the support group for the site. 

“The sign project took a while to produce due to personnel cuts and the COVID-19 shutdowns, but this sign will definitely help visitors find us again,” said Dennis Peterson, manager and archaeologist at Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center. “We are very glad that we have a partner in Choctaw Nation Tourism and a great support group like the Spiro Mounds Development Association.”

The Spiro Mounds Development Association, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization that helps promote and develop Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center. Memberships and information are available by contacting Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center at spiro@okhistory.org or writing the association at P.O. Box 624, Spiro, OK 74959. 

Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center is the only prehistoric American Indian site open to the public in Oklahoma. The center is open Wednesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday from noon to 5 p.m., and is closed for state holidays. Daily admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and $4 for children older than six. When visiting the center, visitors should practice social distancing by staying six feet away from staff and visitors who are not in your party. The Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS) currently requires face masks in all public areas of its museums, sites and affiliates, including Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center. The center is located three miles east of Spiro on Highway 9/271 and four miles north on Lock and Dam Road. For more information or to schedule a group or school tour, please call 918-962-2062 or email spiro@okhistory.org.

Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center is a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society. The mission of the Oklahoma Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma and its people. Founded in 1893 by members of the Territorial Press Association, the OHS maintains museums, historic sites and affiliates across the state. Through its research archives, exhibits, educational programs and publications the OHS chronicles the rich history of Oklahoma. For more information about the OHS, please visit www.okhistory.org.


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