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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RUINS: The Rozier House 1837-1974

14122 Valles Mines School Road - Louis J. Rozier, Superintendent, Valle Mining Company


  1. On the far right under the siding: An original 1749 log cabin. The house was added later.
  2. On the far left under the siding, with porch: Two-story addition added by Welton Rozier (d.1928).
  3. On the farthest left in background, an additional building with parking.
  4. The "spring house" [now ruins facing the creek, an early refrigerator, was added after the 1914 diamond drill hit an underground river of cool water.
  5. [See also, The Rozier House Arson]

Architectural Comparison

The Janis-Ziegler House in Ste. Genevieve, National Park Service

Originally built for Nicolas and Marie Janis in 1790...

From "Between The Gabouri, A History of Ferdinand Rozier" Ste. Genevieve 1981, Library of Congress #81-84369

pg 129 "...0n 22 Oct 1839 Francis [Claude Rozier 02-01-1816 to 05-08-1879, now 23] married Marie Zoe Valle, daughter of Jean Baptiste Valle Jr. [1783-1837] and Marie Louise Janis [1798-1827] , his first wife. The young couple set up housekeeping in their own home...

pg 130 "...In March 1842 Francis had arrived in Ste. Genevieve with his family. Francis and Zoe had been happy in Potosi with their business and family associations. Although they were returning to Ste. Genevieve it meant living with Mme. Valle, Zoe's stepmother who had raised her, until Francis could make a new start. Zoe's father J.B. Valle Jr. was by then deceased and Mme. Valle was still residing in the family home on the road to Little Rock near the landing.

pg 131 "...Mme. Valle died 15 January 1848. Francis earlier had begun to purchase parcels in Block 3 in Ste. genevieve, first from his brother Firmin and another portion from Francois Janis and his wife [Marie Louise 1798-1827, daughter of Francois & Pelagie Bienvenu Janis..."