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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Mining Museum Exhibits

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Museum Annex
Exhibit: 'Mineral Blossoms' (drusy quartz) and other local samples gathered from our Mines and Works on the property.
Exhibit: Windlass for hauling ore up out of a mineshaft
Exhibit: An Ore Cart like the ones used in our Garotte Mines.

The Paymaster's Shack, a modest building with a big history (14116 Valles Mines School Road 63087) where payroll was kept for the miners both working for the Company or on their own leased digs and selling their lead to the Company. Jesse James blew our safe in that building but never robbed the train. His hideout cave lies a few miles due East.

The General Store, Inside, historic photos, ledgers, artifacts, and documents from the 1800's forward. Many local residents or their descendants have donated their family portraits, Kodaks, and work pictures of times past. Former Valles Mines residents and their families now live all over the world and we try to track them. You never know who you might meet here. Recent visitors came from New Zealand and England.

The General Store Collection Inside, mining tools and artifacts from the days of brute force, before Black & Decker. They had explosives and drilled with star drills and sledge hammers, then packed the holes with explosives, first black powder then decades later, dynamite. Imagine hand mining on your back all day, eventually two hundred years later using some steam tools. "The men were bulls!"

The Core House Solid rock cores preserved from our Diamond Drill prospecting operations and logged in maps under your feet (Click here for the drill log of the Artesian Well). By the way, the Missouri Dept of Natural Resources keeps all the logs of all the wells going down into the earth here in the "Well Drillers Section". Look your own well up sometime. The "Land Survey" section keeps surveys of where a well is drilled. Or where miners worked their mines.

Inside the Garotte Mine
The Artesian Well In 1911, the steam powered Diamond Core Drill struck an underground river making the Artesian Well start to flow at 75 gallons/minute. Still today, downhill from the Museum, you can drink from it. While people originally came from as far away as Illinois to fill their containers, we recently had visitors from New Zealand drive up one day. After seeing it on the web, it was a must see.
Limestone, also know as Dolomite, is quarried in Missouri and elsewhere. The Missouri Limestone Producers website offers a Teachers and Students section you might want to see.