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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The Furnace Tender's House - 14103 Valles Mines School Road

The Furnace Tenders House - 14103 Valles Mines School Road

Former residents

Pictured, the late Ed and Verna Skiles, who grew up in the valley as children of different families, both picking blackberries and growing buckwheat, which they sold in town to buy milk during the Depression. Ed ralated how he fell in love with Verna at an early age but she married his older brother.

Decades later, after his brother's demise, he reunited with Verna and married her. They lived in the Furnace Tender's Cabin for many years more and lived off the land, Verna selling pictures of wildflowers she pressed between the pages of phone books then framing (see exhibits in the Lost History Museum). Ed made many trips to the VA Hospital but ended his days here in the front yard raking leaves.