Vacation time is upon us. Do you like small towns? If you do, don’t look any further than Bonne Terre, MO located in St. Francois County about 60 miles south of St. Louis, MO.. Population is a little over seven thousand and it is located in the lead belt of Missouri. The French settled here in 1720 after the discovery of iron ore. It was platted as a town in 1880.
National Geographic calls Bonne Terre Mine “One of America’s Top 10 Greatest adventures. Take a walking tour of the old mine and take a boat ride on the Billion Gallon underground lake. They also have scuba diving classes. You can find out more at http://www.bonneterremine.com.
There are many near by attractions one can also enjoy. If you are a fisherman you are in luck. Big river is near by and Bismark Lake. Bonne Terre has its own city lake. Then there is Monsanto Lake located in beautiful St. Joe Park. You can also ride your four wheeler or dirt bike in the off road park inside St. Joe Park.
Bonne Terre is only 32 miles from the Arcadia Valley. In the valley you will find the towns of Arcadia, Ironton and Pilot Knob. A significant battle of the Civil War happened in the valley at Fort Davidson in Pilot Knob. Just up the road from there you can find Johnson’s Shut-Ins, Elephant Rocks and Taum Sauk State Parks.
Thanks for taking the time to read my blog. It is much appreciated. You get a chance check out Bonne Terre. Be safe out there. Spread the love!!!!!