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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Big Red Comes Home - 09-05-2020 then weeks later gets stolen


After Beaver (left) had droven to Minnesota to buy it, the dealer fork lifted into the U-Haul trailor.
It took our logger, the late Tim Keefe, to get the Big Red out.

Assisted by Tom Harman (rt) of the Lost History Museum, Tim loads it into his wider trailor.

Big Red is finally home.

Then one day in broad daylight someone stole her.

Fortunately, she was equipped with a GPS locator and she was recovered.