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Cahokia is a city unlike any other. Founded around AD 900, it is what one might call an agricultural city wherein the majority of residents were farmers. In fact, the Mississippian culture is the endpoint of evolution stretching back to 3400 BC at Ouachita in Arkansas. The Poverty Point, Adena, and Hopewell cultures represented various stages of this overall cultural complex culminating in Cahokia whose citizens were likely ancestors of the Cherokee.

When people awoke on Jan. 31, 1982, to see the big snowstorm, the only way around for most of them was by foot, preferably in high and heavy boots. The forecast had been for only four inches, but the storm stalled over St. Louis and dumped 14 and more inches overnight Jan. 30-31. The official record was 13.9 inches at Lambert St. Louis International Airport, but the National Weather Service said most of St. Louis and southwest St. Louis County had 18 inches or more.