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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Sponsored by the Lost History Museum and celebrating 274 years since Francois Valle founded Valles Mines in 1749. For details visit the Valles Mines General Store, 14117 Valles Mines School Road 63087 or call Superintendent Steve Frazier at (573) 631-6875.

The "Sound Check"

Musical Venue of the Future

2021: Rehab begins on the Tractor Shed preparing for the installation of a stage, sound system towers, and lighting. First things first, carpenter John Sprague of Bourbon, MO sat the shed back up on a repaired 6 x 6" oak foundation cut from our timber harvest of 1986. Things sure do move slow at Valles Mines.

During a hopeful attempt to make a 16' X 16' musical stage under the roof for live Bluegrass performances, the electrical service panel was stolen by vandals and months later, running water stopped when they stole the well pump from our house across the street. Any info regarding the thief would be welcome and confidential. The clues left behind include several insulin syringes (used) and a large silver spoon, kept in a black glasses case marked "Yamaha".

Replacement costs estimated at $3,000 to $5,000 if someone won the lottery recently and felt generous LOL.

Photo credit:Alicia Hiatt

Valles Mines Railroad Restoration Coming?

Peckham Brothers Quarry in Rhode Island is assisting with plans to restore the 3.5 miles of former Mississippi River and Bonne Terre Railway right-of-way for local rail commuting service to Cole Lake from Valles Mines Station. Current costs are estimated at $75,000/mi. Investors may be needed. Debate rages about bringing in a Budd Rail Diesel Car as it was never in use there historically. Would be fun though. 10 mph max. speed, 23 minutes across the property.

Halloween Celebration at Valles Mines

Click here for map. Dates To Be Arranged


TIP: You can arrange your own "Hayride through the Haunted MRBT Railroad Tunnel" to visit Tunnel Station Cemetery by calling the Superintendent. Free rides to Tunnel Station for Lost History Museum Sustaining members.