On Saturday, April 13, 2019, a tornado devastated the THC’s Caddo Mounds State Historic Site. Half of the visitors center building was destroyed by the storm, and the Caddo Grass House is gone. Many guests at the site were injured by the storm, and one visitor lost her life.
While the damage was extensive, the Caddo Mounds themselves, along with the site’s invaluable archeological and cultural history, were left untouched.
The Texas Historical Commission intends to rebuild the visitor center and the grass house, and the Friends of the THC will support these efforts.
Our immediate focus is on rebuilding the traditional Grass House, a symbol of the resilience of the both the Caddo People and this important historic site. Just two years ago, volunteers and artists from the Caddo Nation, as well as others from the community, had lovingly built and dedicated the grass house. It had become a favorite part of the site, and an important resource for the educational programming provided by the site’s staff.
We look forward to working with our partners and supporters on securing private support for this effort. Please join us in preserving this sacred site and the living history of the Caddo people.