Valles Mines, Missouri, U S A
Founded in 1749 by Francois Valle years before he became Commandante of the Fort of Sainte Genevieve and The King of Spain made him Don Francois Valle for saving their Fort San Carlos (now St. Louis).
270 years later as The Valle Mining Company, his 4000+ acre property every year absorbs 21,000 tons of carbon dioxide and puts out 14,000 tons of oxygen, enough to meet the needs of 63,000 people. [USDA Forest Facts]
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Superintendent Steve's New Book

Wildlife is returning (in case you see our local bobcat)

Historic Mine sites

Bring Your Own Horse (BYOH) is fun with 1,2 or 20 riders.

The Mississippi River And Bonne Terre (MRBT) railroad used to run 3.5 miles across the property. The rails are gone but the chat remains if you want to hike or ride it. The MRBT handcar pictured remains on exhibit at the STL Museum of Transport. (We'd like it back)

Recent Mining 2001-Present

17th Annual Ghost Roundup

The General Store

Raised in the Valley during the Depression and the last residents of the Furnace Tender's house, Ed and Verna showed us how to live off the land. Verna's pressed local flowers are on display in the Lost History Museum.