Valles Mines, Missouri, U S A
Founded in 1749 by Francois Valle years. 274 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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Patton's youngest General Staff Headquarter's officer (colonel at 34) in the ETO. [See his Medals below]

His Medals

Some included: European African Middle Eastern Campaign with 5 Bronze Stars; World War II ("Freedom From Fear And Want. Freedom of Speech And Religion"); French Crois De Guerre with Star; Legion Of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster; American Defense (Unlimited National Emergency May 27, 1941); American Campaign; Army of Occupation (Germany); Armed Forces Reserve with two bronze Hour Glasses.

The Valles Mines Airport - in event of war

As proposed by Maj. General William H. Harrison 1982

As a mapping expert, Harrison helped Gen. George Patton target and bomb roads, railroads, airfields, and obstacles to the US 3rd Army's path across Europe to victory in 1945. During the Cold War he continued his military service and would fly to the Pentagon for readiness meetings. In the course of all this, he designed a defense, namely an airfield, for St. Louis and nearby counties in the event of war.

[See larger view of the Valles Mines Airport].

A Possible Scenario commonly considered: the City of St Louis obliterated as a wartime casualty such as after the delivery of a nuclear missile targeting then McDonnell-Douglas, now Boeing, obliterating the City and in a worst case coming with a possible invasion. The Valles Mines airfield, being outside the primary blast zone, would unite Hillsboro with the historic Colonial French Triangle, that is, French Village-Farmington-Ste. Genevieve against any foe, not unlike the way in which they had fought in 1780, the days of the Kingdom of New France, to keep St. Louis (then called Fort San Carlos) from the hands of an invading English war party of a thousand men then.

The Road Restored Building that airfield would reinstate the Hillsboro-Farmington Road first built in 1850 and abandoned in modern times which today
  • starts at Buster Cemetery/Crossing on Valles Mines Road
  • running over the Valle Mines Railroad Tunnel
  • due east to the former Halifax Post Office then
  • joining the present Crow Lane which
  • doglegs into Y-Highway Spur
  • and from there as the present Y-Highway to French Village and on eastward to Ste. Genevieve.