Valles Mines, Missouri, U S A
Founded in 1749 by Francois Valle years before he became Don Francois Valle.
The Valle Mining Company's 4500 acre property every year absorbs 21,000 tons of carbon dioxide and puts out 14,000 tons of oxygen.
This is enough to meet the needs of 63,000 people. [USDA Forest Facts] Site Map

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The Mississippi River And Bonne Terre (MRBT) railroad used to run 3.5 miles across the property. The rails are gone but the chat remains if you want to hike or ride it. The MRBT handcar pictured remains on exhibit at the STL Museum of Transport. Try another picture...