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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The 2 Mysteries of Drill Hole #2

Deep Drill #2 Not only did they strike water in Drill Hole #1 but a mile away by the Big Lode Mine Drill Hole #2 struck 6 feet of lead. Although historically the largest lead nugget mined at Valles Mines was the size of a Volkswagen Beetle, this strike was even bigger. Oddly, No one in the Valle Mining Company ever pursued this prospecting discovery and the exact location of D.D.H.#2 (Deep Drill Hole #2) has been lost. However, based on the old maps and surveys, it is located about 100 feet south of the Frazier Quarry (formerly the Big Bill twin shafts) towards the Big Lode Mine. The precise depth of the strike was never determined either. It remains to this day a project for a metal detector as the 10 foot tall iron casing that guided the drill remains in place waiting for its rediscovery.

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