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Valmeyer is located in the western portion of Monroe County, with the original portion of the Village located on the eastern edge of a broad flood plain known as the American Bottom, and the newer part of the town on top of the adjacent river bluff.

Development in and around Valmeyer began in the mid 19th Century.  Prior to that time, most of the area had been devoted to agricultural interests, and to a few scattered businesses catering to the steamboats which passed by on the Mississippi River.  During the 1890’s, the construction of the railroad between St. Louis and Chester brought additional development to several small communities along its route.  By 1909, population had grown to the point where Valmeyer was incorporated as a Village under the laws of the State of Illinois.

Population continued to grow and businesses flourished in support of the railroad and the surrounding farm community.  The area was hit hard, however, by flooding during the years 1943, 1944 and 1947.  Following the last flood, residents rallied with their elected officials for help, and by 1950, a protective levee system had been built along the entire western boundary of Monroe County, providing protection to Valmeyer and the surrounding area.

Valmeyer’s protective levee system was challenged by the high Mississippi River levels of 1993.  In August, those levees were overtopped, and flood waters flowed through the Village with water depths up to sixteen feet.

By the early Fall of 1993, it was evident that Valmeyer in its existing setting and in its current condition could not continue to function as a Village, because of the damage caused by the flood waters.  Local officials and Village residents made the decision to move the town center to higher ground – atop a 400 foot bluff adjacent to the former Village site.

Bus tours of the original town and new Valmeyer, featuring the 1993 Flood story can be arranged through the Valmeyer Village office at 618-935-2131

Events:

Festival of the Bluffs / BioBlitz:
Saturday May 14th Friday-Saturday May 13th & 14th, Borsch Park Salt Lick Point Land & Water Reserve, Old Town Valmeyer.

9a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 14th- Enjoy the splendor of the towering Mississippi River bluff lands and hike along one of several trails at Valmeyer’s Salt Lick Point Land and Water Reserve. Enjoy music, food, and demonstrations, stroll through a market of artwork and handcrafted items and shop for native plants from Missouri Wildflowers Nursery. This year’s event also will feature a BioBlitz. Scientists and naturalists will be scouting for species throughout the reserve for a 24-hour period.  Visit the Clifftop website for details on preregistration for hikes and costs: clifftopalliance.org

HISTORIC SITES:

1. Rock City Business Complex - Boulder Boulevard, Valmeyer, IL. For information on tours of parts of the facility contact Joe Koppeis, 618-281-6300 or the Village of Valmeyer office at 618-935-2131. http://www.valmeyerillinois.com/rockcity.html

This property is the former Columbia Quarry Company underground limestone quarry, and is owned by the Village of Valmeyer.  Development of the property is under the control of Admiral Parkway, Inc. - Joe Koppeis.  Currently located in this complex are Gateway Restaurant Supply at 1423 Boulder Boulevard, Gateway Cold Storage at 1429 Boulder Boulevard and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) facility at 1411 Boulder Boulevard.  The NARA is currently the largest facility at the site and includes about 475,000 square feet of finished space, which is used for the storage of government agency and military service records.  

2. The Valmeyer Community Heritage Society-  For more information on the Valmeyer Community Heritage Society, contact the Village of Valmeyer office at 618-935-2131

The Heritage Society is currently working on the development of two museums in the Village.  The first is located at the corner of Empson and South Meyer Avenue just south of the post office in the new town area.  This building was the original farmstead on the farm property that became the relocation site for Valmeyer.  Inside this structure are the remnants of the 1850-era log cabin that was built as the home for the Rehling and Stemler families.  Work is currently underway at this facility, with the hope of having it open to the public by 2012. 

The second Museum facility will be located at the corner of Empson and South Cedar Bluff Drive, across the street from the Valmeyer C.U.S.D. #3 School complex.  Members of the Valmeyer Community Heritage Society have made arrangements to relocate the Monroe City School to this spot, and develop it as a school-related museum.  Plans are to move this building in early 2011, and have it open to the public later this year. 


PARKS AND RECREATION:

1. Salt Lick Point trail system - For more information contact the Village of Valmeyer office at 618-935-2131, a map of the trails is available at http://www.valmeyerillinois.com/park_saltlick.html

This is a 500-acre Land and Water Reserve owned by the Village of Valmeyer and registered with the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission. The system offers three trails. The Johnson Trail is 1.3 miles along the base of the bluff and is an easy walk; the Salt Lick Point Trail is 1.8 miles and is a bit more challenging, but affords beautiful views across the Mississippi River flood plain, including the St. Louis skyline to the north. Both of these trails can be accessed from the former Columbia Quarry processing plant area at the intersection of Bluff Road and Limestone Lane.  The third trail is the 1.9 mile Newman Trail which connects to both the Johnson and Salt Lick Point Trails, and can also be accessed from the uphill trail head located just south of the St. John UCC parking lot in the uphill Village of Valmeyer area.  These trails are open to the public from dusk to dawn each day. 

2. White Rock Nature Preserve - For more information contact Clifftop at or 618-458-4674. http://clifftopalliance.org/whiterock/ 

White Rock Nature Preserve is Monroe County's newest hiking trail.  The preserve is home to 306 acres of Illinois' natural habitat. The tract is located within the Hill Prairie Corridor, a 25-mile stretch of ribbons and patches of hill prairie perched on top of the Mississippi River bluffs. White Rock hosts several rare habitats including loess hill prairie, limestone glades and upland forest. It contains two miles of non-looping trails through dense woodlands with both trails ending at hill prairies. The preserve parking area is located on Bluff Road, two miles south of old town Valmeyer. It is open to the public daily, for foot traffic only, from dawn to dusk.


RESTAURANTS:

1. Corner Pub Restaurant and Grill - 602 South Meyer Avenue, Valmeyer, IL.  618-935-8209. Follow Corner Pub Restaurant and Grill on Facebook for the daily specials.

As you walk the Salt Lick Trail, you might get a delicious waft of fried chicken or other great home cooked favorites from the Corner Pub, located in new Valmeyer. You know you'll be hungry after your hike so be sure to drop in for a bite.




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