Valles Mines, Missouri, U S A
Founded in 1749 by Francois Valle in the French Upper Louisiana before Lewis and Clark. 275 years later the Valle Mining Company's 4000+ acre property every year absorbs 21,000 tons of carbon dioxide and generates
14,000 tons of oxygen, enough to meet the needs of 63,000 people. [USDA Forest Facts]
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In The Valley Where Time Stands Still

Our Museum Collection Is Temporarily Housed in The Company Store

14117 Valles Mines School Road 63087

Open by appointment. Please call first.

Contact Info:
Steve Frazier
The Valles Mines General Store Building, 
after the first building was sucked 
                        up by a tornado.
[On Left] Temporary home of the Lost History Collection in the General Store (#14117) across the parking lot. During the last days of the Civil War, Sam Hildebrand, Confederate Bushwhacker, tried to rob the store and had a shootout with "Federals" according to his Confessions
The Lost History Museum BEFORE the 1749 Valle Family log settlement-house was discovered under the cedar siding.
Yet another round of repairs begins in April '24.
Pictured, the George & Martha Washington Brooks Log House, located uphill from the parking lot. Recently moved here by Steve as part of the Architectural Archive. You can buy his book Log Houses in the General Store or ask him how he did it.

TIME CAPSULE: Go Back in Time [Coming Soon]


TIME CAPSULE: Go Back to ...1776

Why Mine? To Make Musket Balls, Of Course

With galena nuggets you could melt down your pocket change

With galena nuggets you could melt down your pocket change to make rifle balls. Valles Mines lead was so pure that its only impurity was silver. Our lead was shipped back East and, as of the Declaration of Independence, smuggled back, to Boston, New York and Philadelphia for the Revolutionary War and our Continental Army.

To see back through Time to an everyday event for colonial riflemen and women, watch the scene in the movie The Patriot where Mel Gibson melts down his son's lead toy soldiers, pouring the molten lead into a handheld bullet mold, a common household tool in those days. Valles Mines' galena nuggets melted exactly like that. Battle scenes in that time period documented how they battled at that time, just like in the French and Indian War (1754-63) that raged just before our American Revolution, where Mel Gibson's character had become so famous.

[Also see "Battles For America", narrated by Kelsey Grammer.]

In 1775 when George Washington ordered the cannons from Fort Ticonderoga to be hauled 300 miles to save the Continental Army, those cannons had been left there at that Fort after the French and Indian War, when the English originally tried to take the new world French colony of New France for themselves.

In 1780, Francois Valle, Commandant of the French Fort at Ste. Genevieve, sent his sons and militia, and a ton of cannon balls and musket balls, all made of Valles Mines' lead, to fight off, with only 300 men, a British war party of 1000 mercenary Iroquois Indians who came there to raid the Spanish Fort San Carlos. That Spanish outpost was saved and later became what you call now St Louis, Missouri.