Norton Mound Group

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Norton Mound Group
Norton Mound Group is located in Michigan
Norton Mound Group
Nearest city Grand Rapids, Michigan
Coordinates 42°56′11.69″N 85°43′19.13″W / 42.9365806°N 85.7219806°W / 42.9365806; -85.7219806Coordinates: 42°56′11.69″N 85°43′19.13″W / 42.9365806°N 85.7219806°W / 42.9365806; -85.7219806
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 66000396
Significant dates
Added to NRHP October 15, 1966[1]
Designated NHL December 21, 1965[2]

Norton Mound Group, (also known as Norton Mound Site (20KT1) and Hopewell Indian Mounds Park), is a prehistoric Goodall Focus mounds site near Grand Rapids, Michigan.

According to the National Park Service's Statement of Significance: "These are the most important and best-preserved Hopewell mounds in the western Great Lakes region. The Norton Mound Group was the center of Hopewellian culture in that area, from ca. 400 B.C. to A.D. 400. Excavations in 1874 revealed numerous burials rich in grave offerings, and later excavations in 1963-1964 provided information on mound construction methods. At one time some 40 mounds were present, and though fewer than half remain today, these are well-preserved in a Grand Rapids city park."[2]

The site was listed on the Michigan Register of Historic Sites in 1957,[3] and it was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1965.[2][4]

According to the National Park Service, "Severe erosion, flooding, and nearby development threaten the Mound Group."[2]

"The Public Museum of Grand Rapids has been awarded funding to complete a Cultural Landscape Management Plan that will assess the site's condition. Public awareness of the NHL has increased due to ongoing development of the Millennium Park."[2]

That plan was completed in February, 2007.

The site is located between Indian Mounds Drive and Interstate 196 near Grand Rapids.[2]

The Norton Mounds site is currently closed to the public.[3]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Norton Mound Group". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-05-03. 
  3. ^ a b "Norton Mounds". 
  4. ^ Note: A National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination document should be available upon request from the National Park Service for this site, but it appears not to be available on-line from the NPS Focus search site.

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