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 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...