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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The Rozier House Ruins - Unsolved Arson

14122 Valles Mines School Road

Arson Reward Poster

A victim of arson, the house burnt to a pile of ashes that night. "Don't bother renewing the fire tag", we had been told, "that house will go up like a tinder box". And yet I was called an hour after the blaze was discovered, drove 44 miles from St. Louis to the house, and watched it burn for another 12 hours. All that remained was a Franklin stove and a singed, expired fire tag. The arsonist was never caught.

The Rozier House 1837-1974

1749 Log Cabin on far right of the arch

Restoration Begins

Finding the Foundation