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Marilyn Leistner

Marilyn Leistner stands on the "town mound" at Route 66 State Park, where the homes, businesses and churches of Times Beach were buried.
Carolina Hidalgo | St. Louis Public Radio

Marilyn Leistner, the last mayor of Times Beach, gazed at a grass-covered mound, the size of four football fields, where the remains of her town are buried. 

“Everything that was near and dear to the people in this community. All the houses and the city equipment. Everything that they didn't take with them that was left in their homes is buried here,” she said, softly.

The “town mound” isn’t in the brochures, but it is the most unusual landmark at Route 66 State Park, which opened 20 years ago on the site of Times Beach.