Valles Mines, Missouri, U S A
Founded in 1749 by Francois Valle years before he became Commandante of the Fort of Sainte Genevieve and The King of Spain made him Don Francois Valle for saving their Fort San Carlos (now St. Louis).
270 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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TIP #1 Why suffer needlessly?

Tecnu makes the PI livable  

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Outdoor Skin Cleanser

We have had great success against Poison Ivy with tecnu ® , used before going home or later to ease the itch or stop the spread. Wow! Sure, it's still there but nothing like it used to be. Stops it spreading. Use it whenever it itches (Call a doctor if it looks really bad, though.)

Check it out at their home page: "...his wife accidentally discovered that Tecnu would cleanse poison plant oils after exposure to poison oak and ivy. Today tecnu ® Oak-N-Ivy Brand® Outdoor Skin Cleanser is standard issue in first aid kits of outdoor professionals across the country..."

Finally available at some local stores (Walgreens or call 1-800-ITCHING for a store nearest you). They got this one right.

Sad to tell, these eateries below are currently closed. If you are considering opening a Bar-B-Q restaurant or fry house, please call immediately! This is a restaurant crisis!


LOCAL BARBQ IN AREA within 5 miles (Not a paid ad, we like his place even tho' they are closed on Mondays)

CB JOE's. Across from Saint Francois State Park on Hwy 67 (South from us). More pricey than fast food but it's a real personal restaurant and can be an oasis for the parched and weary. They also make their own barbq sauce in mild medium and hot. Make sure you order the fries if you can, chips don't compare. Bottomless sodas. How America used to be. ( Click for Area Map)

FRIED FISH in the Area

The Walleye Shack (not a paid ad either, but we love their walleye fried in peanut oil.)

[Editors Note: The Walleye Shack closed and went away. If you know of anyone who can pick up The Valles Mines Restaurant Project where they left off, please contact us. We finally have a 6 1/2 million dollar highway interchange with northbound and southbound corners - 2 much better locations than before.]