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Historic Site & Trail
The Maidu Indian Museum is built on the edge of an ancient village site in which Nisenan Maidu families thrived for over 3,000 years. Our historic site was entered into the National Register of Historic Places in 1973 because of its importance as a unique cultural resource due to the hundreds of bedrock mortar holes and the numerous petroglyphs carved into the sandstone boulders strewn across the north end of the site. In addition, a vast midden area is telling evidence of thousands of years of occupation.
When you visit the museum we hope you will take the time to stroll the 5/8 mile, wheelchair accessible trail past petroglyphs, bedrock mortars, towering oaks and a year-round stream. Seasonal wildflowers, nesting birds and indigenous wildlife offer an ever changing view of the landscape.