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Clay County, Illinois
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      Clay County is a county located in the southern part of the State of Illinois.
38.76° N, 88.49° W
As of 2000, the population was 14,560 and in 2010 the population was 13,815.
The county seat is Louisville.
      Clay County was formed in 1824 out of portions of Wayne, Crawford, and Fayette counties. Its name is in honor of Henry Clay, United States Secretary of State.
 
      Clay County has twelve townships :
            Bible Grove, Blair, Clay City, Harter, Hoosier, Larkinsburg,
            Louisville, Oskaloosa, Pixley, Songer, Stanford, Xenia
 
      Some of the Cities, Villages and communities are :
            Flora, Clay City, Iola, Louisville, Sailor Springs, Xenia
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Coal Mines Reference Sources

Iola Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Clay County -
Township 4 North, Range 5 East, Section 11, NW SW SE
A Surface (Strip) Mine at a depth of 30 feet with an average coal seam of 2½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Iola Coal Mine   Iola Stone & Material Company   1954 See : Note
Iola Coal Mine   Iola Stone & Material Company   1963
The last production was reported in December 1963
Note:
      The coal was sampled by Coal Section personnel in February 1954. At that time, the coal was at least exposed. It may be that the coal was removed as overburden to the stone product that the company was primarily mining, or the coal may have been mined without production being listed in the Coal Reports.
[Source - No. 1, Index # 733]

Lamkins Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Clay County - Township 4 North, Range 6 East, Section 20, NW
A Surface (Strip) Mine with an average coal seam of 1 foot 1½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Lamkins Coal Mine   John Lamkins   Unknown
probably prior to 1882
[Source - No. 1, Index # 3117]

Unnamed Coal Mines
Mine Index
Number
Type of
Mine
Coal Seam
Thickness
Location
3116 Surface Unknown Twp 4 North, Range 5 East, Section 11, SW SW SE
3119 Unknown Unknown Twp 4 North, Range 6 East, Section 20, SW NE NE
3122 Unknown Unknown Twp 5 North, Range 5 East, Section 25, SE SW
[Source - No. 1]

Sources :
1 Coal Mines in Illinois, Clay County
                Illinois State Geological Survey, 615 East Peabody Drive, Champaign, IL. 61820


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