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St. Francois County Park Land Purchase

View across shady grass into park

(Desloge) It has taken five years of planning and negotiations but St. Francois County will have its first county park.

District 2 County Commissioner Patrick Mullins says multiple state and federal agencies developed a plan that started with 37-acres.

Presiding Commissioner Harold Gallaher says the funding is part of the ASARCO Environmental Settlement Fund which is used to restore lead-tainted lands.

Owl Creek Park is part of an area called “Bone Hole” on the Big River west of Desloge.

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