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Crawford County, Illinois
Featuring Coal Mining
 
      Crawford County is a county located in the central pat of the state of Illinois.
      39.00° N, 87.76° W
The population was 20,452 in 200 and 19,817 in 2010.
      The county seat of Crawford County, Illinois is Robinson.
Originally Palestine was the county seat, later it was moved to Robinson.
      There are ten townships in the county :
Hutsonville, Lamotte, Licking, Martin, Montgomery, Oblong, Prairie, Robinson, Southwest
      The cities and villages of Crawford County, Illinois include :
Hutsonville, Oblong, Palestine, Robinson, Stoy
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1883 Excerpt from : History of Crawford and Clark Counties, Illinois5
      Coal Measures -- The stratified rocks of this county all belong to the upper coal measures, the lowest beds appearing in the beds of the Wabash river and the highest along the western borders of the county, and include the horizon of coals No. 11, 12 and 13 of the Illinois Section. The only knowledge that we have of the underlying formations is derived from a shaft, and boring previously made to be four feet thick, and at a depth of 123 feet. The bore was made about a mile and a half northwest of the shaft, and commenced fifteen feet below a thin coal which outcrops in the hill above. It was made for oil, during the oil fever, and no great reliance can be placed in the reported thickness or character of the strata penetrated. The shaft was sunk to the horizon of a coal seam reported four feet thick in the bore, but on reaching it in the shaft it proved to be two feet of bituminous shale and six inches of coal. . . . . . .

Alpha Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Crawford County - Township 5 North, 11 West, Section 14,
Strip Mine.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Alpha Coal Mine   Alpha Mining Corporation   1976 - 1978
[Source - No. 1, Index 966]

C & B Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Crawford County - Township 6 North, 10 West, Section 7,
Shaft (Underground) Mine.
Mine Name Operated By  Years Post Office
address of mine
C & B Coal Mine   Caley & Blair   1934 - 1935   Palestine3
[Source - No. 1, Index 2053]

Carver, J. H. Coal Mine
Mine Name Operated By  Years Post Office
address of mine
Unknown (? Carver ?) Coal Mine   J. H. Carver   ± 1934   Palestine
[Source - No. 3, Crawford Co. Number 4]

Courter Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Crawford County - Township 5 North, 12 West, Section 1, NW NE
Strip (Pit) Mine. with a depth of 13 - 15 feet and an average coal seam of 1½ - 3 feet.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Courter Coal Mine   Courter Coal Company   1963
Last reported production : September 1963
[Source - No. 1, Index 2050]

Crawford Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Crawford County - Township 5 North, 12 West, Section 23,
Strip Mine.
Mine Name Operated By  Years
Crawford Coal Mine No. 1   Crawford County Coal Company   1959 - 1961
[Source - No. 1, Index 2051]

Crawford County Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Crawford County - Township 6 North, 11 West, Section 27,
Shaft (Underground) Mine.
Mine Name Operated By  Years Post Office
address of mine
Crawford County Coal Mine   Crawford County Coal Company   1922 - 1923
± 1930
  Palestine2
[Source - No. 1, Index 4681]

East Liston Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Crawford County - Township 5 North, 12 West, Section 4, NW NE
Strip (Surface) Mine. With a depth of 15 - 18 feet.
Mine Name Operated By Years
East Liston Coal Mine   East Liston Coal Company   Before 1967
[Source - No. 1, Index 4667]

Green Coal Mine
Palestine Coal Mine
Snyder Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Crawford County - Township 7 North, 11 West, Section 23,
Strip Mine.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Snyder Coal Mine   Snyder Coal Company   1939
Palestine Coal Mine   Palestine Coal Company   1940 - 1941
Green Coal Mine   Green Construction Company   1941 - 1942
[Source - No. 1, Index 2054]

Hughes Brothers Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Crawford County - Oblong Township
Mine Name Operated By Years
Hughes Brothers Coal Mine   Hughes Brothers   1925
[Source - No. 1]

Ikemire & Core Coal Mine
Mine Name Operated By  Years Post Office
address of mine
Unknown (? Ikemire & Core ?) Coal Mine   Ikemire & Core   ± 1934   Palestine
[Source - No. 3, Crawford Co. Number 3]

McCammon, Jess L. Coal Mine
Mine Name Operated By  Years Post Office
address of mine
Unknown (? McCammon ?) Coal Mine   Jess L. McCammon   ± 1934   Palestine
[Source - No. 3, Crawford Co. Number 2]

McColpin Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Crawford County
Surface Mine
Mine Name Operated By  Years Post Office
address of mine
McColpin Coal Mine   W. D. McColpin   1934 - 1935   Robinson
[Source - No. 1 ; No. 3, Crawford Co. Number 5]

Nettle Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Crawford County - Township 5 North, 12 West, Section 24,
Drift Mine.       A "Drift" type mine is is an underground mine that is excavated where the coal outcrops in the side of a bluff or the highwall of a surface mine. The mine type for surface mines is "strip" because these mines are more commonly called "strip mines."
Mine Name Operated By Years
Nettle Coal Mine   Nettle   1875 - 1882
[Source - No. 1, Index 7430]

Pritchard - Schaeffer Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Crawford County - Township 7 North, 11 West, Section 14,
Strip Mine.
Mine Name Operated By Years
(? Pritchard - Schaeffer ?) Coal Mine   Pritchard - Schaeffer Farm        - 1964
[Source - No. 1, Index 4666]

Richwood Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Crawford County - Township 6 North, 10 West, Section 20
Mine Name Operated By Years
Richwood Coal Mine   Richwood Coal Company   Before 1932
[Source - No. 1, Index 4673]

Right Way Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Crawford County - Township 6 North, 10 West
Shaft (Underground) Mine.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Right Way Coal Mine   Right Way Coal Company   1935 - 1937
[Source - No. 1, Index 2052]

Riverside Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Crawford County - Township 6 North, 10 West, Section 7
Shaft (Underground) Mine.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Riverside Coal Mine No. 3   Riverside Coal Company   1934 - ? 1943
Riverside Coal Mine No. 3   Ray Blair   1935 - 1943
[Source - No. 1, Index 2053]

Walker Coal Mine
This may be the Palestine Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Crawford County - Township 7 North, 11 West, Section 23,
Strip Mine.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Walker Coal Mine   H. Walker   Before 1967
[Source - No. 1, Index 4679]

Unknown Coal Mines
Source
Index
Number
  Township   Section   Type   Years
Operated
 
1, 4668   5 North, Range 12 West   10, NE SE SE   Strip   Before 1936
 
1, 4669   5 North, Range 12 West   13, NW NE NE   Strip   Before 1936
 
1, 4670   6 North, Range 10 West   7   Shaft   Before 1911
 
1, 4671   6 North, Range 10 West   7   Shaft   Before 1911
 
1, 4672   6 North, Range 10 West   7   Slope   Before 1911
 
1, 4674   6 North, Range 10 West   20   ?   Before 1932
 
1, 4675   6 North, Range 11 West   2   Shaft   Before 1910
 
1, 4676   6 North, Range 11 West   27   Old Shaft Mine   Before 1967
 
1, 4677   7 North, Range 11 West   28, NW NE   Strip
Coal 1¼ feet thick.
  Before 1933
 
1, 4678   6 North, Range 112 West   32, NE NE SE   Surface   Before 1936
 
1, 4680   7 North, Range 13 West   4, NE NE   Shaft
22 feet deep
Coal 4.3 feet thick
  Before 1961
 
1, 4883   7 North, Range 13 West   12, SW NE   Unknown type
Coal 3 feet thick
  Before 1882
 
1, 4888   6 North, Range 13 West   4, NE SW NW   Shaft
22 feet deep
Coal 3 feet thick
  Before 1961
 
1, 5303   6 North, Range 12 West   32, SE NW SE   Unknown Type   Before 1911
 
1, 5304   5 North, Range 12 West   9, NW NW NW   Surface   Before 1936
 

Crawford County, Illinois
Coal Mine Fatalities
CONRAD
November 21, 19414, Earl Conrad, of Palestine, ground man, aged 21 years, was crushed between shovel cab and pit wall in the Walker Mine of the Palestine Coal Company.
 

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

2 Forty-Ninth Annual Coal Report of Illinois, 1930
                Department of Mines and Minerals
                Illinois Printing Co., Danville, ILL., 1931

3 Fifty -Third Coal Report of Illinois, 1934
                Department of Mines and Minerals
                Printed by authority of the State of Illinois

4 Sixtieth Coal Report of Illinois, 1941
                Department of Mines and Minerals
                Printed by authority of the State of Illinois

5 History of Crawford and Clark Counties, Illinois; Edited by William Henry Perrin.
                Chicago; O. L. Baskin & Co., Historical Publishers, Lakeside Building, 1883

 

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