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Franklin County, Illinois Coal Mines
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Early Coal Mines - Opening prior to 1911 18
1889 - King Coal Mine (Strip Mine), William A. King - Township 5 South, Range 3 East Section 16
      1892 - King Coal Mine (Strip Mine), Aaron King - Township 5 South, Range 3 East Section 21
           See: King Coal Mine
 
1904 - Dering Coal Mine No. 11, Dering Coal Company - Township 7 South, Range 3 East Section 18
      See : Peabody Coal Mine No. 19
1904 - Zeigler Coal Mine No. 1, Zeigler Coal Company - Township 7 South, Range 1 East Section 13
      See : Bell & Zoller Coal Mine No. 1
 
1905 - Benton Coal Mine No. 1, Benton Coal Company - Township 6 South, Range 3 East Section 19
           See : Benton Coal Mine No. 1
1905 - Franklin Coal Mine, Franklin County Construction - Township 5 South, Range 2 East Section 19
           See : Old Ben Coal Mine No. 16
 
1906 - Big Muddy Coal Mine No. 1, Big Muddy & Carterville Mining Company - Township 7 South, Range 1 East Section 28
           See : Royalton Coal Mine
1906 - United Coal Mine No. 1, United Coal Corporation - Township 6 South, Range 2 East Section 30
           See : Old Ben Coal Mine No. 12
1906 - North Coal Mine No. 1, Zeigler District Colliery Company - Township 6 South, Range 1 East Section 24
           See : Old Ben Coal Mine No. 10
 
1907 - Big Muddy & Carterville Coal Mine No. 2, Big Muddy & Carterville Mining Company -
           Township 7 South, Range 1 East Section 33
1907 - Dering Coal Mine No. 18, Dering Coal Company - Township 7 South, Range 3 East Section 8
           See : Peabody Coal Mine No. 18
1907 - Hart-Williams Coal Mine No. 1, Hart-Williams Coal Company - Township 6 South, Range 3 East Section 30
           See : Benton Coal Mine No. 2
1907 - Rend Coal Mine No. 1, William P. Rend Coal Company - Township 6 South, Range 2 East Section 4
 
1908 - Weaver Coal Mine No. 2 / Rend Coal Mine No. 2, W. P. Rend Coal Company -
           Township 8 South, Range 1 East Section 1
 
1909 - Hanaford Coal Mine No. 1, Carroll & Franklin Counties - Township 6 South, Range 3 East Section 35
           See : Logan Coal Mine
1909 - Possum Ridge Coal Mine, Southern Illinois Coal & Coke Company - Township 7 South, Range 2 East Section 33
           See : Energy Coal Mine No. 5
 
1910 - Wilmington Star Coal Mine No. 8, Wilmington Star Mining Company - Township 7 South, Range 2 East Section 25
           See : Old Ben Coal Mine No. 8

Bell & Zoller Coal Mines
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Bell & Zoller Coal Mine No. 1
The legal description lists this as :    Franklin County - Township 7 South, Range 1 East, Section 13, NE SW SE
An underground mine at a depth of 392 feet to 420 feet with a coal seam of 7 feet to 25 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Zeigler Coal Mine No. 1   Zeigler Coal Company   1904 - 1909
Bell & Zoller Coal Mine No. 1   Bell & Zoller Mining Company   1909 - 1925
 Idle in 1910
Bell & Zoller Coal Mine No. 1   Bell & Zoller Coal & Mining Company   1925 - 1948
The last production was reported in December 1948.
[ Source - No. 76, Index 53 ]
The mine had gas problems; 50 men died in a 1905 explosion, and in 1909, two explosions killed 29 men.
      See : Explosion at Zeigler Coal Company Mine, April 3, 1905
      See : The Zeigler Disaster, January 10, 1909
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Bell & Zoller Coal Mine No. 2
The legal description lists this as :    Franklin County - Township 7 South, Range 1 East, Section 26, NW SE NW
An underground mine at a depth of 301 feet to 310 feet with a coal seam of 7½ feet to 11½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Bell & Zoller Coal Mine No. 2   Bell & Zoller Coal & Mining Company   1919 - 1951
The last production was reported in June 1951.
[ Source - No. 76, Index 145 ]

Benton Coal Mines
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Benton Coal Mine No. 1
The legal description lists this as :    Franklin County - Township 6 South, Range 3 East, Section 19, 1825 FFSL, 625 FWL
An underground mine at a depth of 618 to 624 feet with a coal seam of 6 feet to 13 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Benton Coal Mine No. 1   Benton Coal Company   1905 - 1922
Benton Coal Mine No. 1   Chicago, Wilmington,
& Franklin Coal Company
  1922 - 1924
The last production was reported in March 1924.
[ Source - No. 76, Index 432 ]
Gas may have been a problem; one man was killed in an explosion.
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Benton Coal Mine No. 2
The legal description lists this as :    Franklin County - Township 6 South, Range 3 East, Section 30, NE NE NE
An underground mine at a depth of 617 to 630 feet with a coal seam of 6½ feet to 12 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Hart-Williams Coal Mine No. 1   Hart-Williams Coal Company   1907 - 1916
Idle   1916
Taylor Coal Mine No. 6   Taylor Collieries Company   1916 - 1917
Hart-Williams Coal Mine   Chicago, Wilmington,
& Franklin Coal Company
  1917 - 1918
Benton Coal Mine No. 2   Benton Coal Mining Company   1922 - 1923
Benton Coal Mine No. 2   Chicago, Wilmington,
& Franklin Coal Company
  1922 - 1923
The last production was reported in March 1923.
[ Source - No. 76, Index 52 ]
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Brewerton Coal Mine No. 22
The legal description lists this as :    Franklin County - Township 5 South, Range 1 East, Section 12, NW NW SE
An underground mine at a depth of 650 to 693 feet with a coal seam of 8½ feet to 10 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Modern Coal Mine No. 1   Modern Coal Company   1917 - 1919
Southern Gem Coal Mine No. 2   Southern Gem Coal Corporation   1919 - 1927
 Idle 1925-1927
Brewerton Coal Mine No. 22   Brewerton Coal Company   1928 - 1934
Brewerton Coal Company was also known as Interstate Coal Company, Sesser No. 22 Mine,
but did not report under this name.
The last production was reported in November 1934.
[ Source - No. 76, Index 134 ]

Energy Coal Mine No. 5
The legal description lists this as :    Franklin County - Township 7 South, Range 2 East, Section 33, NW SW SW
An underground mine at a depth of 339 feet with a coal seam of 10 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Possum Ridge Coal Mine   Southern Illinois Coal & Coke Company   1909 - 1914
Possum Ridge Coal Mine   Taylor Mining Company   1914 - 1916
Taylor Coal Mine No. 5   Taylor Coal Corporation   1916 - 1923
Energy Coal Mine No. 5   Franklin County Coal Corporation   1923 - 1950
The last production was reported in April 1950.
[ Source - No. 76, Index 421 ]
Gas may have been a problem, as one man was killed by an explosion.

Franklin Coal Mine No. 11
The legal description lists this as :    Franklin County - Township 7 South, Range 1 East, Section 33, NW NW SW
An underground mine at a depth of 214 feet with an average coal seam of 8.9 to 10.33 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Big Muddy & Carterville   Big Muddy & Carterville Coal Company   1909 - 1910
      No production was reported under this name; this company may have only dug the shaft.
Mitchell Coal Mine No. 1   Franklin Coal & Coke Company   1910 - 1923
Franklin Coal Mine No. 11   Franklin County Coal Company   1925
      No production was reported under this name.
The last production was reported in June 1923.
[ Source - No. 76, Index 2071 ]
The mine had gas, and an explosion in 1914 killed 52 men.
See : Gas Explosion at Royalton, October 1914

Franklin County Coal Mine No. 15
The legal description lists this as :    Franklin County - Township 7 South, Range 1 East, Section 32, SE SE SE
An underground mine at a depth of 154 feet with an average coal seam of 8 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Lida B Coal Mine
Franklin County Coal Mine No. 15
  Franklin County Coal Corporation   1949 - 1952
The last production was reported in May 1952.
[ Source - No. 76, Index 735 ]

King Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Franklin County - Township 5 South, Range 3 East,
      Pit - Section 16, SE SW SW
      Pit - Section 21, NE NW NW
A surface (strip) mine with an average coal seam of 1½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
King Coal Mine   William A. King   1889 - 1892
King Coal Mine   Aaron King   1892 - 1893
The last production was reported in 1893.
[ Source - No. 76, Index 2068 ]

Logan Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Franklin County - Township 6 South, Range 3 East, Section 35, NE SE SE
An underground mine at a depth of 693 feet to 716 feet with a coal seam of 6 feet to 8.33 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Hanaford Coal Mine   Carroll & Franklin Counties Coal Company   1909 - 1913
Hanaford Coal Mine   Benton District Coal Company   1913 - 1914
Logan Coal Mine   John A. Logan Coal Company   1914- 1917
 Idle in 1915
Logan Coal Mine   Balck Star Coal Company   1917 - 1929
The last production was reported in November 1929.
[ Source - No. 76, Index 140 ]

M-Class Coal Mine No. 1
The legal description lists this as :    Franklin County - Township 6 South, Range 4 East, Section 4, NE SE SE
An underground slope mine at a depth of 730 feet with a coal seam of 6 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
M-Class Coal Mine No. 1   M-Class Mining   2010 - ?
[ Source - No. 76, Index 1047 ]

Middle Fork Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Franklin County - Township 6 South, Range 3 East, Section 21, NE NE NE
An underground mine at a depth of 602 to 609 feet with a coal seam of 5 feet to 11½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Middle Fork Coal Mine   Middle Fork Mining Company   1915 - 1916
Middle Fork Coal Mine   United States Fuel Company   1916 - 1924
The last production was reported in July 1925.
[ Source - No. 76, Index 139 ]

Old Ben Coal Corporation Mines
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Old Ben Coal Mine No. 8
The legal description lists this as :    Franklin County -
Township 7 South, Range 2 East, Section 25, 625 FNL, 200 FEL
An underground mine at a depth of 440 feet to 472 feet with an average coal seam of 8½ feet to 10 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Wilmington Star Coal Mine No. 8   Wilmington Star Mining Company   1910 - 1911
Ohio Valley Coal Mine   Ohio Valley Mining Company   1911 - 1913
Old Ben Coal Mine No. 8   Old Ben Coal Corporation   1913 - 1952
The last production was reported in February 1952.
[ Source - No. 76, Index 143 ]
Gas explosions killed 36 men in four accidents between 1921 and 1947.
See : Explosion in Old Ben No. 8 Seven men killed on December 1, 1929
See : Explosion, Old Ben Coal Corporation Mine No. 8 Twenty-seven men killed on July 24, 1947
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Old Ben Coal Mine No. 9
The legal description lists this as :    Franklin County -
      Hoist shaft -Township 7 South, Range 3 East, Section 20, SE NE SE
      A shaft - Township 7 South, Range 3 East, Section 20, SE SW SE
      C shaft - Township 7 South, Range 3 East, Section 29, SE SW SE
      D shaft - Township 7 South, Range 3 East, Section 27, SW SE SW
      E shaft - Williamson County, Township 8 South, Range 3 East, Section 2, SW SE SW
An underground mine at a depth of 440 feet to 482 feet with a coal seam of 6 feet to 9.3 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Old Ben Coal Mine No. 9   Old Ben Coal Corporation   1913 - 1968
The mine was idle 1929-1943.
One of the shafts was used for disposal of acid water after 1968.
The last production was reported in February 1968.
[ Source - No. 76, Index 448 ]
The mine had some gas; an explosion killed one man in 1923.
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Old Ben Coal Mine No. 10
The legal description lists this as :    Franklin County -
Township 6 South, Range 1 East, Section 24, NW NW SW
An underground mine at a depth of 505 feet with an average coal seam of 7½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Zeigler North Coal Mine   Zeigler District Colliery Company   1906 - 1914
Christopher Coal Mine No. 1   Christopher Coal Mining Company   1914 - 1916
Old Ben Coal Mine No. 10   Old Ben Coal Corporation   1916 - 1924
The last production was reported in February 1924.
[ Source - No. 76, Index 434 ]
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Old Ben Coal Mine No. 11
The legal description lists this as :    Franklin County -
Township 6 South, Range 1 East, Section 14, NE SW SW
An underground mine at a depth of 619 feet with an average coal seam of 8 1/3 feet to 12½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Christopher Coal Mine No. 1   Christopher Coal Mining Company   1912 - 1914
Christopher Coal Mine No. 2   Christopher Coal Mining Company   1914 - 1916
Old Ben Coal Mine No. 11   Old Ben Coal Corporation   1916 - 1953
 Idle in 1932 - 1935
The last production was reported in April 1953.
[ Source - No. 76, Index 666 ]
The mine had some gas; one man was killed in a gas explosion in 1932.
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Old Ben Coal Mine No. 12
The legal description lists this as :    Franklin County -
Township 6 South, Range 2 East, Section 30, SW NW NW
An underground mine at a depth of 493 feet to 500 feet with an average coal seam of 9¼ feet to 10 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
United Coal Mine No. 1   United Coal Mining Company   1906 - 1916
Old Ben Coal Mine No. 12   Old Ben Coal Corporation   1916 - 1929
The last production was reported in March 1929.
[ Source - No. 76, Index 58 ]
This mine had difficulties with gas; one man was killed in a 1913 explosion, and nine were killed by a 1915 explosion
      See : Explosion at United Coal Company Mine No. 1, July 27, 1915
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Old Ben Coal Mine No. 14
The legal description lists this as :    Franklin County -
Township 6 South, Range 2 East, Section 1, 580 FSL, 860 FEL
An underground mine at a depth of 451 feet with an average coal seam of 8½ feet to 10 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
United Coal Mine No. 2   United Coal Mining Company   1911 - 1915
United Coal Mine No. 2   United Coal Corporation   1915 - 1916
Old Ben Coal Mine No. 14   Old Ben Coal Corporation   1916 - 1960
 Idle in 1933
The last production was reported in March 1960.
[ Source - No. 76, Index 665 ]
The mine had gas; eight men were killed in an explosion in 1915 ( United Coal Mine No. 1 ) and one man was killed in a gas explosion in 1931.
 
Location of Old Ben No. 14 Coal Mine as it is in 2014
This is the site where Old Ben 14 was located in Buckner. Christopher concrete is there now.
Old Ben No. 14 Mine location in 2014             Old Ben No. 14 Mine location in 2014 photo No. 2
Photographs cortesy of Rich Krzemien
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Old Ben Coal Mine No. 15
The legal description lists this as :    Franklin County -
Township 7 South, Range 2 East, Section 35, 740 FNL, 445 FWL
An underground mine at a depth of 419 feet with an average coal seam of 8 feet to 8.83 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Old Ben Coal Mine No. 15   Old Ben Coal Corporation   1919 - 1954
 Idle in 1925
The last production was reported in January 1954.
[ Source - No. 76, Index 428 ]
Gas may have been a problem at this mine; an explosion killed one man.
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Old Ben Coal Mine No. 16
The legal description lists this as :    Franklin County -
Township 5 South, Range 2 East, Section 19, SW SW NE
An underground mine at a depth of 644 feet with a coal seam of 7½ feet to 9 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Franklin Coal Mine   Franklin County Construction   1905 - 1906
Sesser Coal Mine   Sesser Coal Construction Company   1906 - 1907
Franklin County Coal Mine No. 1   Franklin County Colliery Company   1907 - 1910
Sesser Coal Mine   Sesser Coal Company   1910 - 1919
Old Ben Coal Mine No. 16   Old Ben Coal Corporation   1919 - 1923
The last production was reported in November 1923.
[ Source - No. 76, Index 50 ]
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Old Ben Coal Mine No. 19
The legal description lists this as :    Franklin County -
Township 6 South, Range 2 East, Section 4, SE SW NE
An underground mine at a depth of 567 to 580 feet with a coal seam of 7 feet to 10 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Rend Coal Mine   W. P. Rend Coal Company   1907 - 1920
Old Ben Coal Mine No. 19   Old Ben Coal Corporation   1920 - 1923
The last production was reported in March 1923.
[ Source - No. 76, Index 56 ]
Two gas explosions killed seven men in November and December of 1908.
A gas explosion in November 1908 killed four men - See : November Explosion
A gas explosion in December 1908 killed three men - See : December Explosion
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Old Ben Coal Mine No. 21
The legal description lists this as :    Franklin County -
      Main shaft -Township 5 South, Range 2 East, Section 8, NE NE NE
      Air shaft -Township 5 South, Range 2 East, Section 8, NW NE NE
      D & E shafts -Township 5 South, Range 2 East, Section 17, NW SW NE
      F & G shafts -Township 5 South, Range 1 East, Section 14, SW NE SE
An underground mine at a depth of 656 feet to 660 feet with a coal seam of 5.8 feet to 8.42 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Old Ben Coal Mine No. 21   Old Ben Coal Corporation   1952 - 1960
      Listed in the Coal Reports as Old Ben Coal Corporation,
but bought by Zeigler Coal Holding Company on May 28,1990.
      The mine was idled from May to October 1990.
Plans were underway for longwall expansion in 1991, but the mine was idled instead and never reopened.
      The last production was reported on October 26, 1991.
[ Source - No. 76, Index 863 ]
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Old Ben Coal Mine No. 22
The legal description lists this as :    Franklin County -
Township 6 South, Range 1 East, Section 1, 600 FSL, 100 FEL, SE NE
An underground mine at a depth of 577 feet to 602 feet with a coal seam of 6 feet to 11½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Valier Coal Mine No. 1   Valier Coal Company   1918 - 1952
 Idle in 1950 and 1951
Old Ben Coal Mine No. 22   Old Ben Coal Corporation   1952 - 1960
The last production was reported in January 1960.
[ Source - No. 76, Index 136 ]
Gas was present in the mine and four men were killed in a 1930 explosion, one man was asphyxiated in 1945.
See : Explosion in Valier Mine, March 1930
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Old Ben Coal Mine No. 24
The legal description lists this as :    Franklin County -
      A shaft, hoist - Township 6 South, Range 2 East, Section 1, SW SE NE
      B shaft - Township 6 South, Range 2 East, Section 11, NE SE NE
      C shaft, man & material - Township 6 South, Range 2 East, Section 2, NE SE NE
      D shaft, exhaust fan - Township 6 South, Range 2 East, Section 2, NE SE NE
      E shaft, fan - Township 5 South, Range 2 East, Section 25, SE NW NE
An underground mine at a depth of 625 feet to 666 feet with an average coal seam of 6.6 feet to 8½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Old Ben Coal Mine No. 24   Old Ben Coal Corporation   1965 - 1996
 Idle 1981 and 1982
The last production was reported in 1996.
[ Source - No. 76, Index 866 ]
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Old Ben Coal Mine No. 25
The legal description lists this as :    Franklin County -
      A shaft, hoist - Township 7 South, Range 3 East, Section 26, NE NE NW
      B shaft, man & material - Township 7 South, Range 3 East, Section 26, SE SE NW
An underground mine at a depth of 598 feet with an average coal seam of 6½ feet to 8½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Old Ben Coal Mine No. 25   Old Ben Coal Corporation   1977 - 1994
The last production was reported in August 1994.
[ Source - No. 76, Index 962 ]
This mine became the National Coal Mine Museum in the 1990s.
It opened for public tours on August 15, 1996, but closed in January, 2000 for safety reasons per OSHA.
The Museum also owned the nearby Orient 2 mine which was an above-ground historical mine site
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Old Ben Coal Mine No. 26
The legal description lists this as :    Franklin County -
      Hoist shaft, hoist - Township 5 South, Range 2 East, Section 20, SE NE NE
      Man & Material shaft - Township 5 South, Range 2 East, Section 20, NE SE NE
      C portal & D shaft - Township 5 South, Range 2 East, Section 32, SW NE NE
      E & shafts - Township 5 South, Range 2 East, Section 30, SW SW NW
An underground mine at a depth of 640 feet to 651 feet with an average coal seam of 8 feet to 8.8 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Old Ben Coal Mine No. 26   Old Ben Coal Corporation   1968 - 1996
 Owned by British Petroleum in the 1980s;
bought by Zeigler Coal Holding Company in July 1990
The last production was reported in 1996.
[ Source - No. 76, Index 879 ]
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Old Ben Coal Mine No. 27
The legal description lists this as :    Franklin County -
      Main shaft - Township 7 South, Range 3 East, Section 25, NE NE NE
      Air, man & material shaft - Township 7 South, Range 3 East, Section 25, NW NE NE
An underground mine at a depth of 593 feet with an average coal seam of 8 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Old Ben Coal Mine No. 27   Old Ben Coal Corporation   1978 - 1982
The last production was reported in December 1982.
[ Source - No. 76, Index 975 ]
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Orient Coal Mines
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Orient No. 1 Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Franklin County - Township 7 South, Range 2 East, Section 10, SW SE SW
An underground mine at a depth of 512 feet to 520 feet with an average coal seam of 9 feet to 10 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Chicago, Wilmington & Vermilion Coal Mine   Chicago, Wilmington & Vermilion Coal Company   1913 - 1914
Orient Coal Mine No. 1   Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company   1914 - 1955
The last production was reported in March 1955.
[ Source - No. 76, Index 505 ]
The mine had some gas; two men were killed in a gas explosion in 1923.
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Orient No. 2 Coal Mine
New Orient Mine in 1943
Illinois Coal Report Photograph 42
The legal description lists this as :    Franklin County -
            Main Shaft -Township 7 South, Range 2 East, Section 13, NW SE SW
            Auxiliary Shaft -Township 7 South, Range 2 East, Section 13, NE SE SW
            Shaft No. 3, (air) -Township 7 South, Range 2 East, Section 1, SE NE NW
            Shaft No. 4, (motor) -Township 6 South, Range 2 East, Section 36, NE NE SW
An underground mine at a depth of 480 to 500 feet with a coal seam of 8 feet to 12½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
New Orient Coal Mine
Orient No. 2 Coal Mine
  Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company   1922 - 1959
Orient No. 2 Coal Mine   Orient Number Two Coal Company   1959 - 1960
The last production was reported on November 30, 1960.
[ Source - No. 76, Index 366 ]
An explosion in December of 1951 resulted in the death of 199 men.
See : Explosion at Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's Orient No. 2 Mine
 
Location of Orient No. 2 Coal Mine as it is in 2014
Orient  No. 2 Mine location in 2014
Photograph cortesy of Rich Krzemien
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Orient No. 5 Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Franklin County -
      Main shaft - Township 6 South, Range 3 East, Section 34, NW NW NE
      Man & Material shaft - Township 6 South, Range 3 East, Section 34, NW NW NE
An underground mine at a depth of 630 feet with an average coal seam of 9.08 feet to 10.08 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Orient Coal Mine No. 5   Freeman Coal Mining Corporation   1960 - 1972
The last production was reported on December 15, 1972.
[ Source - No. 76, Index 847 ]
The mine was reputedly very gassy.
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Peabody Coal Mines
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Peabody Coal Mine No. 18
The legal description lists this as :    Franklin County - Township 7 South, Range 3 East, Section 8, center SE SE SE
An underground mine at a depth of 504 feet with an average coal seam of 7 feet to 10 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Dering Coal Mine No. 18   Dering Coal Company   1907 - 1908
Brazil Block Coal Mine No. 18   Brazil Block Coal Company   1908 - 1911
 Idle in 1910
Dering Coal Mine No. 18   Dering Coal Company   1911 - 1915
Producer's Coal Mine No. 18   Producer's Coal Company   1915 - 1916
By-Products Coal Mine No. 18   By-Products Coal Company   1916 - 1922
Peabody Coal Mine No. 18   Peabody Coal Company   1922 - 1924
Industrial Coal Mine No. 18   Industrial Coal Company   1924 - 1927
Peabody Coal Mine No. 18   Peabody Coal Company   1928 - 1947
 Idle in 1935
The last production was reported in January 1947.
[ Source - No. 76, Index 256 ]
Two gas explosions occurred at this mine.
The first killed 4 men in February 1909, and set the shaft on fire.       See : Explosion at Dering Coal Company's No. 18
The second explosion killed 21 men in 1928.       See : Explosion at Peabody No. 18
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Peabody Coal Mine No. 19
The legal description lists this as :    Franklin County - Township 7 South, Range 3 East, Section 18, center SE SW
An underground mine at a depth of 500 feet with a coal seam of 9 feet to 11 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Dering Coal Mine No. 11   Dering Coal Company   1904 - 1908
Brazil Block Coal Mine No. 11   Brazil Block Coal Company   1908 - 1911
Dering Coal Mine No. 11   Dering Coal Company   1911 - 1915
Producer's Coal Mine No. 19   Producer's Coal Company   1915 - 1916
By-Products Coal Mine No. 19   By-Products Coal Company   1916 - 1922
Industrial Coal Mine No. 19   Industrial Coal Company   1922 - 1927
Peabody Coal Mine No. 19   Peabody Coal Company   1927 - 1936
The last production was reported in June 1936.
[ Source - No. 76, Index 51 ]
The mine had gas problems; eight people were killed in four explosions between 1907 and 1925.

Royalton Coal Mine
Franklin County Coal Mine No. 7
The legal description lists this as :    Franklin County - Township 7 South, Range 1 East, Section 28, SW SW NW
An underground mine at a depth of 210 to 320 feet with an average coal seam of 9.83 feet to 10 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Big Muddy & Carterville Coal Mine   Big Muddy & Carterville Mining Company   1906 - 1914
 Idle 1913
Franklin County Coal Mine No. 2   Franklin Coal & Coke Company   1914 - 1923
 Idle 1922
Royalton Coal Mine
Franklin County Coal Mine No. 7
  Franklin Coal & Coke Company   1923 - 1951
The last production was reported in September 1952.
[ Source - No. 76, Index 57 ]

Southern Illinois Coal Mine No. 21
The legal description lists this as :    Franklin County - Township 7 South, Range 2 East, Section 24, SE NE SW
An underground mine at a depth of 450 feet to 460 feet with an average coal seam of 6 feet to 10 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
West Coal Mine No. 1
West Frankfort Coal Mine No. 1
  West Frankfort Coal Company   1911 - 1919
Southern Gem Coal Mine No. 1   Southern Gem Coal Corporation   1919 - 1926
 Idle in 1925 & 1926
Brewerton Coal Mine No. 21   Brewerton Coal Company   1927 - 1932
West Frankfort Coal Mine No. 21   West Frankfort Coal Company   1933 - 1934
West Coal Mine No. 21   West Mine Coal Corporation   1935 - 1936
 Idle in 1935
Frankfort Coal Mine No. 21   Frankfort Coal Company   1936 - 1937
Southern Illinois Coal Mine No. 21   Southern Illinois Coal Company   1937
      The company may have operated as Interstate Coal Company, No. 21 Mine
The last production was reported in December 1937.
[ Source - No. 76, Index 433 ]

Ward Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Franklin County - Township 6 South, Range 3 East, Section 17, SW SW NE
An underground mine at a depth of 623 feet with an average coal seam of 6½ feet to 8 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Franklin County Coal Mine No. 1   Franklin County Mining Company   1917 - 1920
Franklin Coal Mine   Franklin Coal & Mining Company   1920 - 1921
Franklin County Coal Mine   Franklin County Mining Company   1921 - 1932
 Idle 1931-1932
Ward Coal Mine   Benton-Franklin Coal Company   1933
Ward Coal Mine   Franklin Mining Company   1934
The last production was reported in October 1934.
[ Source - No. 76, Index 2070 ]

Western Coal Mine No. 2
The legal description lists this as :    Franklin County - Township 7 South, Range 1 East, Section 31, SE NW SE
An underground mine at a depth of 152 feet with a coal seam of 6½ feet to 12 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Western Coal Mine No. 2
Bush Coal Mine No. 2
  Western Coal & Mining Company   1916 - 1928
The last production was reported in March 1928.
[ Source - No. 76, Index 147 ]

Coal & Coal Mining in Illinois
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