Welcome to the News Feed
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
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