News Release 490

Celebrate Missouri Archaeology Month with an open house at Washington State Park

Volume 38-490 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Sue Holst

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., AUG. 23, 2010 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources invites you to Washington State Park near De Soto on Sat., Sept. 11 for an open house and celebration of Missouri’s cultural history. The open house, which will be held in conjunction with the park’s celebration of Missouri Archaeology Month, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the petroglyph parking lot on Highway 104 just south of the park office and interpretive center. This event is free and open to the public.

Representatives from the park will be on hand to review recent activities and projects and discuss any future projects. Visitors will be invited to share comments regarding park operations and future plans for development.

The Three Rivers Chapter of the Missouri Archaeological Society will participate in the festivities. They will provide information on Missouri’s many cultural resources and assist with tours of the petroglyphs, rock carvings that are remnants of the prehistoric Native American culture. Visitors are invited to bring in artifacts for identification and feedback. Crafts and fun activities will be available for children. Visitors are encouraged to visit the park’s other cultural resources, including the Thunderbird Lodge and 1000 Steps Hiking Trail, which were both constructed by  the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s.

Washington State Park is located 10 miles south of De Soto on State Highway 21.  Persons requiring services or accommodations to attend the open house can make arrangements by calling the park directly at 636-586-5768 or by calling the Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf).  For information about state parks and historic sites, visit