Mima Mounds

Sunday, September 13, 2009

In the southwest region of Olympia is the town of Rochester. It's not much more than a wide spot in the road, but it is home to one of the oddest unexplained phenomenon around, the Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve, home to a series of mysterious, regularly spaced six to eight foot mounds. There has been much study and even more speculation about them, but no concrete answer. When you pull off the main road you drive through a heavily wooded area on a nicely paved road to a parking area where you can get out and walk from there. The facilities include a 1/2 mile paved wheel chair friendly trail, an interpretive shelter with a rooftop platform where you can view the area or take photos. Along the trail there are signs which not only map out the path but help you identify the many flowers and wildlife that inhabit the Preserve. Come to find out we are not the only ones that have these mounds in our neighborhood. In fact they can be found in several areas in the U.S. as well as in Kenya and Mexico. For even more interesting info click here or here.


  1. Nothing like a mystery to get me going. lol

    I have not seen anything like this and followed one of your links and saw a lot more like them.

    The mounds we have relatively close is called Serpent Mound and is at Fort Ancient. I think.

  2. Lois Says:

    I like a good mystery and this one is interesting! I've never heard of these before.

  3. This is interesting !! Great..Unseen Rajasthan

  4. tapirgal Says:

    I've never heard of these, either. My vote is for nature - a bigger version of the ripples and mounds caused by wind or water, but as I read the link, I realize it could be more complicated. I think there's a lot we don't understand that falls under the natural phenomenon category, but maybe not as we imagine it with the knowledge we have in 2009. This is very cool.

  5. Jacob Says:

    Well, that is very interesting. They look like Indian burial mounds to me, which can be found in Florida.

    Obviously, that can't be the case, as "experts" have worked on this for some time.

    Fascinating post!

    Or maybe there are little people who live underground and these are their roofs?

  6. AB Says:

    Oversized moles?

  7. Steffe Says:

    Wow, how odd. And of course very intriguing. Thanks for the links looks like interesting reading.

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