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Hatcher Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Grundy County - Township 33 North, Range 7 East, Section 5, SE NE NE
An Underground Mine at a depth of 45 to 50 feet with an average coal seam of 2½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Hatcher Coal Mine   Mitchell & Rossi   1915 - 1916
Hatcher Coal Mine   John & George Mitchell   1916 - 1917
Hatcher Coal Mine   John Mitchell   1917 - 1918
Hatcher Coal Mine   Mitchell Brothers   1918 - 1919
Hatcher Coal Mine   George Mitchell   1919 - 1920
Hatcher Coal Mine   Mitchell Brothers   1920 - 1923
Hatcher Coal Mine   George Mitchell   1923 - 1924
[Source - No. 1, Index 2370]
The last production was reported in 1924.
 
1916 Annual Coal Report 30
New Mines.
      Mitchell & Rossi, Morris.

Heather Coal Mines
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Heather Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Grundy County - Township 33 North, Range 7 East, Section 4, SE SE NW
An Underground Mine at a depth of 35 to 54 feet with an average coal seam of 2 to 3 feet in thickness.
Heather Coal Mine   James Heather   1883 - 1884
Heather & Wood Coal Mine   Heather & Wood   1884 - 1885
Heather Coal Mine   James Heather   1885 - 1886
Heather & Wood Coal Mine   Heather & Wood   1886 - 1894
Heather Coal Mine   James Heather   1894 - 1896
[Source - No. 1, Index 2363]
The last production was reported in 1896.
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Heather Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Grundy County -
Old Shaft -- Township 34 North, Range 7 East, Section 29, SE SW SE
      An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 29 to 35 feet with an average coal seam of 2¾ feet in thickness.
New Shaft -- Township 34 North, Range 7 East, Section 29, NW SE SE
      An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 65 to 90 feet with an average coal seam of 2¾ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Gilbride Coal Mine [No. 1]   Frank Gilbride   1884 - 1893
Gilbride Coal Mine [No. 2]   Frank Gilbride   1894 - 1909
Heather Coal Mine   John Heather   1909 - 1924
 This mine was idle in 1916 & 1917
[Source - No. 1, Index 2388]
The last production was reported in 1924.
 
1894 Annual Coal Report 8
Abandoned Mines
      At Morris, Frank Gilbride has abandoned his old mine and sunk a new one.
 
1910 Annual Coal Report 24
Change of Ownership
      John Heather has purchased the mine formerly operated by Frank Gilbride, north of Morris in Grundy county.
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Heather Coal Mine No. 2
The legal description lists this as :    Grundy County -
The mine's address was Morris, but mining occurred north and south of the town.
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 35 to 37 feet with an average coal seam of 3 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Heather Coal Mine No. 2   James Heather   1896 - 1897
Heather Coal Mine No. 2   Charles Heather   1897 - 1898
Heather Coal Mine No. 2   Milo E. Howe   1898
[Source - No. 1, Index 5420]
The last production was reported in 1898.
 
1897 Annual Coal Report 11
Abandoned Mines - Grundy County
      James Heather has abandoned his mine at Morris and opened a new mine near the city of Morris.
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1899 Annual Coal Report 13
New Mines - Grundy County
      James Heather has opened a new mine near Morris.
 
1899 13
New Mines. - Grundy County
      Milo E. Howe bought the mine formerly operated by Charles Heather, but abandoned it after operating the mine for a short time.
 
1915 Annual Coal Report 29
Abandoned Mines.
      John Heather, Morris.
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Heather Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Grundy County - Township 34 North, Range 6 East, Section 6, S ½ SW
An Underground Mine.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Heather Coal Mine   Heather Coal Company   1936 - 1937
[Source - No. 1, Index 2383]
The last production was reported in 1937.
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Heather Coal Mine No. 2
The legal description lists this as :    Grundy County - Township 34 North, Range 7 East, Section 28, NE SE SW
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 52 feet with an average coal seam of 2¾ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Heather Coal Mine No. 2   Heather Coal Company   1937 - 1938
[Source - No. 1, Index 2387]
The last production was reported in 1938.

Heather & Woods Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Grundy County - Township 33 North, Range 7 East, Section 4, SE NW NW
An Underground Mine at a depth of 20 feet with an average coal seam of 2 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Goode Coal Mine   Thomas E. Goode   1888 - 1890
Heather & Woods Coal Mine   Heather & Woods   1890 - 1891
[Source - No. 1, Index 2365]
The last production was reported in 1891.

Hodson Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Grundy County - Township 34 North, Range 7 East
An Underground Mine at a depth of 50 to 53 feet with an average coal seam of 2.67 to 2.83 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Hudson & Ledwards Coal Mine   Hudson & Ledwards   1909 - 1910
Hodson Coal Mine   William Hodson   1911 - 1912
Hodson Coal Mine   Ralph Lee   1912 - 1916
  This mine was bought by Ralph Lee in 1912, but operated under the same name.
[Source - No. 1, Index 5120]
The last production was reported in 1916.
 
1910 Annual Coal Report 24
New Mines.
      William Hudson has opened a new mine north of Morris in Grundy county.
 
1911 Annual Coal Report 25
New Mines.
      William Hodson, Morris, Grundy county.
 
1913 Annual Coal Report 27
Change of Ownership.
      Ralph Lee has purchased the mine formerly operated by William Hodson, Morris, Grundy County.
 
1917 Annual Coal Report 31
Abandoned Mines.
      W. Hodson.

Hornsby Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Grundy County - Morris
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 40 feet with an average coal seam of 3 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Hornsby Coal Mine   William Hornsby   1884 - 1889
[Source - No. 1, Index 5441]

Howe & George Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Grundy County -
The location of this mine is not known. The mine's address was Morris, but mining occurred north and south of the town.
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 40 feet with an average coal seam of 2½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Howe & George Coal Mine   Howe & George   1895 - 1896
[Source - No. 1, Index 5423]
The last production was reported in 1896.

Kay Coal Mines
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The legal description lists this as :    Grundy County - Morris
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 80 feet with an average coal seam of 3 to 3½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Kay Coal Mine No. 1   Harry Kay   1889 - 1897
[Source - No. 1, Index 5435]

1890 Annual Coal Report 6 New Mines put n Operation during the year.
      In Grundy county, Henry Kay, about four miles north of Morris.
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The legal description lists this as :    Grundy County -
The mine's address was Morris, but mining occurred north and south of the town.
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 60 feet with an average coal seam of 3½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Kay Coal Mine No. 2   Harry Kay   1895 - 1897
[Source - No. 1, Index 5425]
The last production was reported in 1897.
 
1898 Annual Coal Report 12
Abandoned Mines - Grundy County
      Harry Kay has abandoned his mine near Morris, and opened a new one about four miles north of Morris.
See : Cryer Coal Mine

Lilly Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Grundy County - Township 32 North, Range 8 East
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 107 to 119 feet with an average coal seam of 3 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Braidwood Wilmington Coal Mine No. 1   Braidwood Wilmington Coal Company   1904 - 1908
Lilly Coal Mine   Acme Wilmington Coal Company   1908 - 1911
[Source - No. 1, Index 2340]
The last production was reported in 1911.
 
1905 Annual Coal Report 19
New Mines
      The Braidwood-Wilmington Coal Company has opened out a new mine one mile east of Braceville, Grundy county.
 
1909 Annual Coal Report 23
Changes in the Name of Coal Companies.
      The Acme Wilmington Coal Company of Braceville, Grundy county, has leased the mine formerly operated by the Braidwood Wilmington Coal Company. A switch has been put in from the Chicago & Alton Railroad thereby placing it in the shipping class.

Little-Wilmington Coal Company
The legal description lists this as :    Grundy County - Braidwood
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 40 to 42 feet with an average coal seam of 3 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Unknown   Williamson & Holman   1904 - 1905
Unknown   Little-Wilmington Coal Company   1905 - 1907
[Source - No. 1 ]

Maher Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Grundy County -
The mine's address was Morris, but mining occurred north and south of the town.
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 50 to 60 feet with an average coal seam of 2¾ to 3 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Maegher & Dateman Coal Mine   Maegher & Dateman   1893 - 1894
Maegher Coal Mine   J. B. Maegher   1894 - 1895
Maher Coal Mine   Joseph D. Maher   1895 - 1896
[Source - No. 1, Index 5432]
The last production was reported in 1896.
 
1896 Annual Coal Report 10
New Mines
      Joseph D. Meager, of Morris, has sunk a new escapement shaft. This has made a great improvement in the ventilation of his mine.

Martin Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Grundy County - Morris
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 36 feet with an average coal seam of 3 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Martin Coal Mine   Lee Martin   1884 - 1889
[Source - No. 1, Index 5443]

McBride Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Grundy County - Morris
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 50 to 52 feet with an average coal seam of 2½ to 3 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
McBride Coal Mine   N. McBride   1878 - 1883
[Source - No. 1, Index 5451]

McManus & McQuaney
The legal description lists this as :    Grundy County - Braidwood
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 51 feet with an average coal seam of 3 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
No. 2 Mine   John O'Connor & Company   1901 - 1908
Unknown   McManus Coal Company   1908 - 1909
Unknown   McManus & McQuaney   1909 - 1910
[Source - No. 1 ]

Miners Coal Company
The legal description lists this as :    Grundy County - Braidwood
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 48 feet with an average coal seam of 2½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Unknown   Miners Coal Company   1887 - 1891
[Source - No. 1 ]

Mitchell Coal Mines
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The legal description lists this as :    Grundy County -
The location of this mine is not known. The mine's address was Morris, but mining occurred north and south of the town.
An Underground Mine at a depth of 25 to 56 feet with an average coal seam of 2½ to 2¾ feet in thickness..
Mine Name Operated By Years
Heather Coal Mine   James Heather   1898 - 1902
Mitchell Coal Mine   Mitchell Brothers   1902 - 1907
Mitchell Coal Mine   John Mitchell   1907 - 1908
Mitchell Coal Mine   Mitchell Brothers   1908 - 1909
Mitchell Coal Mine   John Mitchell   1909 - 1910
Mitchell Coal Mine   Mitchell Brothers   1910 - 1911
[Source - No. 1, 5419]
The last production was reported in 1911.
 
1903 Annual Coal Report 17
Changes of Ownership.
      Mitchell Bros, have purchased the mine formerly operated by James Heather, near Morris, Grundy county.
 
1911 Annual Coal Report 25
Abandoned Mines. - Grundy County
      John Mitchell, Morris.
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The legal description lists this as :    Grundy County - Township 34 North, Range 7 East, Section 28, SW SW SE
An Underground Mine.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Mitchell Coal Mine   Mitchell Brothers   1901 - 1902
[Source - No. 1, 5526]
The last production was reported in 1902.
 
1902 Annual Coal Report 16
New Mines
      Mitchell Bros. have sunk a new mine near Morris, Grundy county.
 
1903 Annual Coal Report 17
Abandoned Mines
      Mitchell Bros., have abandoned their mine near Morris, Grundy county.
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The legal description lists this as :    Grundy County - Township 34 North, Range 7 East, Section 33, NE NE NW
An Underground Mine at a depth of 73 to 80 feet with an average coal seam of 2.83 to 3 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Mitchell Coal Mine   William Mitchell   1904 - 1910
[Source - No. 1, 5212]
The last production was reported in 1910.
 
1905 Annual Coal Report 19
New Mines
      William Mitchell has opened out a new mine near Morris, Grundy county.
 
1911 Annual Coal Report 25
Abandoned Mines. - Grundy County
      William Mitchell, Morris.

Mogita Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Grundy County - Township 34 North, Range 7 East, Section 35, NW SW SW
A Strip Mine with an average coal seam of 2 to 3 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Mogita Coal Mine   Frank Mogita   1922 - 1924
[Source - No. 1, 2393]
The last production was reported in 1924.

Morris Coal Mines
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Morris Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Grundy County - Township 33 North, Range 7 East, Section 5, SE SW
An Underground Mine at a depth of 60 feet with an average coal seam of 2.67 to 3 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Morris Carbon Coal Mine   Morris Carbon Coal Company   1899 - 1904
Morris Coal Mine   Morris Coal Company   1904 - 1907
[Source - No. 1, Index 2385]
This mine was idle in 1904.
The lastt production was reported in June 1907.
 
1900 Annual Coal Report 14
New Mines - Grundy County
      The Morris Carbon Coal Co. has opened a new mine near Morris, in Grundy county.
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Morris Coal Mine No. 2
The legal description lists this as :    Grundy County - Township 34 North, Range 7 East, Section 34, NW NW SW
A Surface Mine at a depth of 15 to 22 feet with an average coal seam of 2.33 to 2.67 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Morocco Coal Mine
Morris Coal Mine No. 2
  Morris Coal & Mining Company   1932 - 1954
[Source - No. 1, Index 625]
The last production was reported in June 1954.
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Morris Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Grundy County -
      Tipple / Pit -- Township 34 North, Range 7 East, Section 35, NE NW SW
      Pit -- Township 34 North, Range 7 East, Sections 25, 27, 34, & 35
            The NE quarter of section 35 was said to have been previously surface-mined in the 1920's by "Bugs" Moran, a Chicago racketeer, as mentioned in Grundy County, Illinois, Landmarks. No other source exists for the Moran mine.
A Surface Mine at a depth of 16 to 25 feet with an average coal seam of 2.17 to 2½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Morris Coal Mine   Northwestern Coal Corporation   1945 - 1949
[Source - No. 1, Index 2391 ]
The last production was reported in May 1949.

Nelson Coal Mines
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The legal description lists this as :    Grundy County - Morris
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 60 feet with an average coal seam of 3 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Nelson Coal Mine   John F. Nelson   1887 - 1891
[Source - No. 1, Index 5438]
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The legal description lists this as :    Grundy County -
The location of this mine is not known. The mine's address was Morris, but mining occurred north and south of the town.
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 60 feet with an average coal seam of 2.67 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Nelson Coal Mine   Nelson Brothers   1900 - 1902
[Source - No. 1, Index 5417]
The last production was reported in 1902.
 
1901 Annual Coal Report 15
New Mines
      The Nelson Bros. have opened a new mine near Morris, Grundy county.
 
1903 Annual Coal Report 17
Abandoned Mines
      Nelson Bros, have abandoned their mine near Morris, Grundy county.

Northern Coal Mine
Mining occurred in Kankakee, Will and Grundy Counties.
This mine is atypical in having separate index numbers in the different counties.
 
The legal descriptions lists this as :    Grundy County - Township 31 North, Range 9 East, Section 6
      Tipple -- Kankakee County, Township 31 North, 9 East Section 6, SW NW SE
      Tipple -- Will County, Township 33 North 9 East, Section 29, SE SW SE
A Strip Mine at depths of 52 feet, 58 feet, and 64 feet, and *105 feet.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Northern Coal Mine   Northern Illinois Coal Corporation   1928 - 1946
Northern Coal Mine   * Sinclair Coal Company
not listed in directory
  1946 - 1956
Northern Coal Mine   Peabody Coal Company   1956 - 1974
[Sources - No. 1 - ISGS, Grundy # 675, Kankakee # 834, Will # 359 & *Nick Koba, Jr. ]
Mining ended in Grundy County in 1972 and in 1973 in Kankakee County.
The last production was reported in 1974.

Northwestern Illinois Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Grundy County - Township 34 North, Range 7 East, Section 35, NW NW SW
A Strip Mine with an average coal seam of 2 to 2½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Northwestern Illinois Coal Mine   Northwestern Illinois Coal Company   1936 - 1937
[Source - No. 1, 2392]
The last production was reported in February 1937.

Number Three Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Grundy County - Township 31 North, Range 8 East, Section 23, NE NW SE
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 185 feet with an average coal seam of 3¼ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
C., W. & V. Coal Mine No. 3   Chicago, Wilmington &
Vermilion Coal Company
  1909 - 1914
C., W. & F. Coal Mine No. 3   Chicago, Wilmington &
Franklin Coal Company
  1914 - 1925
Abandoned   Abandoned   1926
Skinner Coal Mine No. 3   Skinner Coal Company   1927 - 1938
South Wilmington Coal Mine No. 3   South Wilmington Coal Company   1938 - 1943
Idle   Idle   1944 - 1947
Number Three Coal Mine No. 3   Number Three Coal Company   1948 - 1954
[Source - No. 1, Index 2337]
      In 1926 the mine was not operated because it was abandoned on 2-27-1925 until it re-opened in 1927 under new ownership of John Skinner and Alex Densmore.
      The last production was reported October 29, 1954.

Old Bruce Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Grundy County - Township 32 North, Range 8 East, Section 25, SE SW NW
An Underground Mine at a depth of 105 feet with an average coal seam of 3 to 3½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Augustine Coal Mine   John Augustine   ? 1858
circa 1864
Old Bruce Coal Mine No. 1   Bruce Coal Company   circa 1874
Old Bruce Coal Mine   Chicago, Milwaukee &
St. Paul Railroad
same as Braceville Coal Company
  Unknown
[Source - No. 1, Index 2357]
      This mine is shown on the 1874 Atlas, on land owned by Bruce Coal Mining and Manufacturing Company. The mine owners and opening year are known from History of Grundy County (1914). In Miners of the Prairie, a cooperative shaft was said to have been sunk in 1858 at the present site of Braceville, which may indicate this mine.
Miners of the Prairie : The Days of Shaft Mining in Northern Illinois By Richard P. Joyce, [ Illinois Periodicals Online (IPO) ]
http://www.lib.niu.edu/2006/iht1320602.html

Olendorf Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Grundy County - Morris
An Underground Shaft Mine with an average coal seam of 2½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Olendorf Coal Mine   Olendorf   1882 - 1883
[Source - No. 1, Index 5449]

Peart & Nicholson Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Grundy County - Township 33 North, Range 8 East, Section 9, SE SE SE
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 20 feet with an average coal seam of 3 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Pearl & Nicholson Coal Mine   Peart & Nicholson
? McFolson & Peart
  1932 - 1934
[Source - No. 1, Index 2372]
The last production was reported in 1934.

Pratt Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Grundy County - Morris
A Mine at a depth of 20 feet with an average coal seam of 3 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Pratt Coal Mine   Mrs. Pratt   1878 - 1879
[Source - No. 1, Index 6742]

Roakes Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Grundy County - Morris
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 50 feet with an average coal seam of 3 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Roakes Coal Mine   Roakes   1878 - 1879
[Source - No. 1, Index 6741]

Ross Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Grundy County - Morris
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 46 to 50 feet with an average coal seam of 2½ to 3 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Mallory & Ross Coal Mine   Mallory & Ross   1878 - 1879
Ross Coal Mine   Thomas H. Ross   1881 - 1883
[Source - No. 1, Index 5455]

Saratoga Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Grundy County - Township 34 North, Range 7 East, Section 35, SW NE NW
A Strip Mine.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Saratoga Coal Mine   Saratoga Mining Company   1936 - 1937
[Source - No. 1, 2394]
The last production was reported in 1937.

Schramm Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Grundy County - Township 33 North, Range 8 East, Section 15, NW NW NW
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 25 feet with an average coal seam of 3 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Schramm Coal Mine   Schramm, Matywith & Schramm   1932
Schramm Coal Mine   Schramm, Brothers   1933 - 1936
[Source - No. 1, Index 2372]
The last production was reported in 1936.

Schultz Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Grundy County - Braceville
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 77 feet with an average coal seam of 2.67 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Schultz Coal Mine   Fred Shultz   1896 - 1900
[Source - No. 1, Index 5421]

Scott Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Grundy County -
The mine's address was Morris, but mining occurred north and south of the town.
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 92 feet with an average coal seam of 3.17 to 3¼ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Scott Coal Mine   Thomas Scott & Son   1895 - 1898
[Source - No. 1, Index 5424]
The last production was reported in 1898.
 
1898 Annual Coal Report 12
Abandoned Mines - Grundy County
      Thomas Scott & Son have abandoned their mine near Morris.

Stalker Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Grundy County - Township 34 North, Range 7 East, Section 28, SW SW SW
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 50 to 60 feet with an average coal seam of 2.67 to 3 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Heather Coal Mine   James Heather   1903 - 1904
Heather Coal Mine   J. & J. Heather   1904 - 1905
Heather Coal Mine   James Heather   1905 - 1908
Stalker Coal Mine   John Stalker   1908 - 1913
[Source - No. 1, Index 5225]
The last production was reported in 1913.
 
1910 Annual Coal Report 24
Change of Ownership
      John Stalker has purchased the mine formerly operated by James Heather, north of Morris in Grundy county.
 
1914 Annual Coal Report 28
Abandoned Mines.
      John Stalker, Morris.

Star Coal Mines
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Star Coal Mine No. 1
The legal description lists this as :    Grundy County - Township 33 North, Range 8 East, Section 35, SE NW SW
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 96 to 113 feet with an average coal seam of 3 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Streator & Wilmington
Star Coal Mine No. 1
  Streator & Wilmington Star Coal Company   1883 - 1889
Star Coal Mine No. 1
Carbon Hill Coal Mine No. 1
  Star Coal Company   1889 - 1903
[Source - No. 1, Index 2380]
This mine may have operated as the Suffern No. 1 Mine prior to 1883.
This mine was idle 1898, probably due to a fire that destroyed the top works during the strike.
The last production was reported in 1903.
 
1885 Annual Coal Report 4
Streator & Wilmington Star Coal Company
      This company now have their mines in good running order. They have built a fan during the year, and are preparing to sink another shaft this fall.
 
1898 Annual Coal Report 12
Fires - Grundy County
      On September 2'2, 1897, the top works of the Carbon Hill mine No. 1, belonging to the Star Coal Co., were consumed by fire. The fire occurred during the strike; its origin is not known, but it is thought to have been incendiary.
 
1899 Annual Coal Report 13
New Mines - Grundy County
      The Star Coal Co. has reopened its No. 1 mine at Carbon Hill, Grundy county. The mine was destroyed by fire two years ago. The company has erected a new tower, engine house, and all necessary out-buildings, and the plant has been put in first class condition.
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Star Coal Mine No. 2
The legal description lists this as :    Grundy County - Township 33 North, Range 8 East, Section 34, NW NE SW
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 120 feet with an average coal seam of 3 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Streator & Wilmington
Star Coal Mine No. 2
  Streator & Wilmington Star Coal Company   1887 - 1889
Star Coal Mine No. 2   Star Coal Company   1889 - 1901
[Source - No. 1, Index 3360]
A slip in the roof cause one death in 1897.
The last production was reported in 1901.
 
1901 Annual Coal Report 15
Abandoned Mines
      The Star Coal Company has abandoned its No. 2 mine, at Carbon Hill, Grundy county.
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Star Coal Mine No. 3
1893 Annual Coal Report 7
New Mines
      The Star Coal Co.'s No. 3 mine, located one-fourth of a mile west of the village of Carbon Hill.
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1900 Annual Coal Report 14
New Mines - Grundy County
      The Star Coal Co. has sunk a new slope one mile north of its No. 2 mine at Carbon Hill, Grundy county. The coal is three feet thick, and is 75 feet from the surface. This plant is equipped first-class in every particular. The slope has been made wide enough to admit the putting in of a double track, and the intention is to put in an endless rope haulage.

Steele Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Grundy County - Morris
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 40 to 53 feet with an average coal seam of 3 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Steele Coal Mine   John Steele   1878 - 1879
Steele Coal Mine   George Steele   1881 - 1883
Steele Coal Mine   John Steele   1884 - 1885
[Source - No. 1, Index 5453]

Stewart Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Grundy County - Braidwood
A Mine at a depth of 50 to 60 feet with an average coal seam of 3 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Town Mine   Young & Wilson   1883 - 1885
Unknown   Ferguson & Wood   1885 - 1886
Unknown   Young & Wilson   1886 - 1888
Stewart Coal Mine   John K. Stewart   1888 - 1890
[Source - No. 1 ]

Sunlight Coal Mine No. 7
The legal description lists this as :    Grundy County - Township 32 North, Range 8 East, Section 23, NW SE SE
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 90 to 100 feet with an average coal seam of 7 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Verona Coal Mine   Verona Coal Company   1922 - 1923
Leland Coal Mine No. 7   Leland Coal Company   1923 - 1924
Verona Coal Mine No. 7   Verona Coal Company   1924 - 1925
Sunlight Coal Mine No. 7   Sunlight Coal Company   1925 - 1930
[Source - No. 1, Index 2339]
The last production was reported in April 1930.

Tasdall Coal Mine
Tesdall Coal Mine
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The legal description lists this as :    Grundy County -
The location of this mine is not known.
The mine's address was Morris, and, according to the Coal Report, the mine was 9½ miles northwest of Morris.
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 97 feet with an average coal seam of 2¾ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Tasdal Coal Mine   Tasdal Brothers   1898 - 1900
Tasdal & Anestad Coal Mine   Tasdal & Anestad   1900 - 1902
Tesdall Coal Mine   Henry Tesdall   1902 - 1904
[Source - No. 1, Index 5418]
The last production was reported in 1904.
 
1899 Annual Coal Report 13
New Mines - Grundy County
      Tasdal Bros. have opened a new mine at Nettle Creek, about nine and a half miles northwest of Morris.
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The legal description lists this as :    Grundy County - Morris
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 100 to 105 feet with an average coal seam of 2.33 to 2.67 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Tasdall Coal Mine   Henry Tasdall   1905 - 1908
[Source - No. 1, Index 6743]
1909 Annual Coal Report 23
Abandoned Mines.
      Henry Tasdell has abandoned his mine northwest of Morris, Grundy county.

Telfer Coal Mines
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The legal description lists this as :    Grundy County - Township 33 North, Range 7 East, Section 3, SE NW NW
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 32 to 47 feet with an average coal seam of 2½ to 3 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Eades & Telfer Coal Mine   Eades & Telfer   1882 - 1883
Telfer Coal Mine No. 4   Alexander Telfer   1883 - 1895
[Source - No. 1, Index 2360]
The last production was reported in 1895.
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The legal description lists this as :    Grundy County - Township 33 North, Range 7 East, Section 4, NW NE NW
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 25 to 29 feet with an average coal seam of 2½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Telfer Coal Mine   John Telfer   1892 - 1897
[Source - No. 1, Index 2368]
The last production was reported in 1897.
 
1893 Annual Coal Report 7
New Mines
      One mine reopened by John Telford at Morris.
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The legal description lists this as :    Grundy County - Morris
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 66 feet with an average coal seam of 2½ to 2.67 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Telfer Coal Mine   Alex W. Telfer & Son   1894 - 1899
[Source - No. 1, Index 5433]
1900 Annual Coal Report 14
Abandoned Mines.
      A. W. Telfer & Son have abandoned their mine near Morris, Grundy county.
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The legal description lists this as :    Grundy County - Morris
A Mine at a depth of 20 feet with an average coal seam of 2.67 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Telfer Coal Mine   John. Telfer   1898 - 1902
[Source - No. 1]
1899 Annual Coal Report 13
New Mines - Grundy County
      John Telfer has opened a new mine near Morris.
 
1903 Annual Coal Report 17
Abandoned Mines
      John Telfer, has abandoned his mine near Morris, Grundy county.
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The legal description lists this as :    Grundy County - Township 33 North, Range 7 East, Section 4, NE NE SE
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 33 to 51 feet with an average coal seam of 2¾ to 3 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Telfer Coal Mine   J. K. Telfer   1903 - 1907
[Source - No. 1, Index 5537]
The last production was reported in 1907.

Truckers Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Grundy County - Township 32 North, Range 8 East, Section 36, NE NE NW
An Underground Mine at a depth of 112 feet with an average coal seam of 3.17 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Clark City Coal Mine   Clark City Coal Company   1936
Idle Coal Mine   Idle   1937
Truckers Coal Mine   Clark City Coal Company   1938 - 1939
[Source - No. 1, Index 2359]
      ISGS1 mine notes indicate that Roanoke Wilmington Coal Corporation was associated with the opening of this mine, but no production was reported under that name.
 
The last production was reported in 1939.

Verona Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Grundy County - Township 33 North, Range 8 East, Section 23, NE NE NW
An Underground Slope Mine at a depth of 100 feet with an average coal seam of 7 to 7½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Wright Coal Mine   Wright Brothers Coal Company   1931 - 1933
Verona Coal Mine   Verona Coal Mining Company   1934 - 1940
[Source - No. 1, Index 530]
The ownership changed in 1939, but the mine continued to report under the same name.
The mine was connected underground to the Sunlight No. 7 Mine (mine index 2339).
The last production was reported in 1940.

Walsh Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Grundy County - Morris
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 25 feet with an average coal seam of 3 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Walsh Coal Mine   Thomas Walsh   1884 - 1889
[Source - No. 1, Index 5442]

Watson Coal Mines
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The legal description lists this as :    Grundy County - Township 34 North, Range 7 East, Section 34, SE SW NW
An Underground Mine at a depth of 41 to 50 feet with an average coal seam of 2½ to 3 feet in thickness.
The landowner was A. F. Watson. There were two other shafts on this property.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Watson Coal Mine   A. Watson   1878 - 1883
[Source - No. 1, Index 5436]
The 1874 Atlas of Grundy County shows a shaft at this location, indicating that mining was taking place in the early 1870s.
The last production was reported in 1883.
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The legal description lists this as :    Grundy County - Township 34 North, Range 7 East, Section 34, SE SW NW
Two Shafts that were so close to one another (only about 150 feet apart)
An Underground Mine at a depth of 30 feet with an average coal seam of 2½ feet in thickness.
The landowner was A. F. Watson. There was another shaft on this property.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Watson Coal Mine   Alex Watson   1888 - 1890
Watson Coal Mine   Anthony F. Watson   1890 - 1893
Watson Coal Mine   Dixon & Morrill   1893 - 1894
[Source - No. 1, Index 6180]
The 1874 Atlas of Grundy County shows two shafts at this location, indicating that mining was taking place in the early 1870s.
The last production was reported in 1894.

Will County Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Grundy County - Township 33 North, Range 8 East, Section 31, SE SW SE
A Surface Mine with an average coal seam of 2½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Will County Coal Mine   Will County Coal Company   1936 - 1937
[Source - No. 1, Index 2377]
The last production was reported in 1937.

Wilmington Coal Company
The legal description lists this as :    Grundy County - Braidwood
A Mine at a depth of 57 feet with an average coal seam of 3 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Unknown   Wilmington Coal Company   1881 - 1883
[Source - No. 1 ]
The mine was filled with water and abandoned. Production prior to the flooding was not reported. (This is the same reason that the Diamond Mine flooded, with heavy rains melting snow and covering the flat-lying ground with water. Mines that tended to have water seep in were badly affected.)

Wilmington Star Coal Mines
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Wilmington Star Coal Mine No. 1
became Wilmington Star Coal Mine No. 3
1885 Annual Coal Report 4
Wilmington Star Co.
      Mine No. 1 has had the air shaft enlarged during the year. As first built it was not large enough to supply sufficient air after the stairways were put in. The mine is on the C., & A. and C, St. L. & W. railroads.
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Wilmington Star Coal Mine No. 2
became Wilmington Star Coal Mine No. 4
1884 Annual Coal Report 3
      No. 2 Shaft. This shaft went down on a fault and the work has been pretty much prospecting for coal, which they now think they have got. The mine employs only a few men, and is very wet; the air is sluggish owing to its being ventilated with steam. Mr. Campbell has consented to put in a fan at once. This company hs put safety catches on all their cages during the year.
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Wilmington Star Coal Mine No. 3
The legal description lists this as :    Grundy County - Township 32 North, Range 8 East, Section 11, NW corner of NW SE NW
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 115 to 128 feet with an average coal seam of 3 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Wilmington Star Mine No. 1   Wilmington Star Mining Company   1882 - 1885
Star Mine No. 1   Star Mining Company   1885 - 1886
Wilmington Star Mine No. 3   Wilmington Star Mining Company   1886 - 1898
[Source - No. 1, Index 2347]
The last production was reported March 31, 1898.
 
1898 Annual Coal Report 12
Abandoned Mines - Grundy County
      The Wilmington Star Coal Co. has abandoned its No. 3 mine at Coal City.
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1884 Annual Coal Report 3
      At the Wilmington Star mine, Coal City, I found the air poor but air-ways fair. I examined the fan and found the engine unable to drive it over fifty revolutions per minute; notified Mr. Campbell about it and he cheerfully consented to have a new engine put on. This was done, and on my second visit a large increase in the volume of air was the result. The air was then split into three currents which again increased the volume, but there are no other improvements to be made which have not yet begun.
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Wilmington Star Coal Mine No. 4
The legal description lists this as :    Grundy County - Township 32 North, Range 8 East, Section 11, NW NW NW
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth or 114 to 117 feet with an average coal seam of 2 to 3 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Star Coal Mine   Star Coal Mining Company   1878 - 1879
Wilmington Star Mine No. 2   Wilmington Star Mining Company   1881 - 1885
Star Coal Mine No. 2   Star Mining Company   1885 - 1886
Wilmington Star Mine No. 4   Wilmington Star Mining Company   1886 - 1888
[Source - No. 1, Index 2344]
The last production was reported in April 1888.
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Wilmington Star Coal Mine No. 5
The legal description lists this as :    Grundy County - Township 32 North, Range 8 East, Section 3, NE NW SE
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 129 feet with an average coal seam of 3 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Wilmington Star Mine No. 5   Wilmington Star Mining Company   1889 - 1907
[Source - No. 1, Index 2345]
Slips in the roof caused the death of a miner from a rock fall in 1900.
The last production was reported December 28, 1907.
 
1902 Annual Coal Report 16
Improvements
      The Wilmington Star Mining company of Coal City has put in a coal washing plant of 400 tons capacity at its No. 5 mine.
 
1909 Annual Coal Report 23
Abandoned Mines.
      The Wilmington Star Mining Company has abandoned its No. 5 mine at Coal City, Grundy county.
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Wilmington Star Coal Mine No. 6
The legal description lists this as :    Grundy County - Township 32 North, Range 8 East, Section 4, NW SE NE
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 129 feet with an average coal seam of 3 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Wilmington Star Mine No. 6   Wilmington Star Mining Company   1900 - 1913
[Source - No. 1, Index 259]
      "Very little gas" was reported in the mine notes. However, one miner was killed by a gas explosion in 1901. This may have been a result of poor ventilation, since the fatality was before the fan was set up at the air shaft.
      The last production was reported April 30, 1913.
 
1901 Annual Coal Report 15
New Mines
      The Wilmington Star Mining Company, Coal City, Grundy county, has opened a n ew mine one mile west of Coal City, known as No. 6 mine. the shaft is 90 feet deep, thickness of coal 3 feet; this will be one of the best equipped mines in the county.
 
1914 Annual Coal Report 28
Abandoned Mines.
      Wilmington Star Mining Company No. 6, Coal City.
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Wilmington Star Coal Mine No. 7
The legal description lists this as :    Grundy County - Township 32 North, Range 8 East, Section 5, NW SE NE
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 182 feet with a coal seam ranging from 2 to 3.08 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Wilmington Star Mine No. 7   Wilmington Star Mining Company   1904 - 1926
[Source - No. 1, Index 5]
The last production was reported March 20, 1926.
 
1903 Annual Coal Report 17
Prospective Mines.
      The Wilmington Star Mining Co. is sinking a new shaft one mile west of its No. 6 mine, near Coal City, Grundy county.

Wren Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Grundy County - Morris
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 60 feet with an average coal seam of 2½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Cryer & Wren Coal Mine   Cryer & Wren   1887 - 1888
Wren Coal Mine   George Wren   1888 - 1892
[Source - No. 1, Index 5439]

Wood Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Grundy County -
The mine's address was Morris, but mining occurred north and south of the town.
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 48 to 73 feet with an average coal seam of 2.33 to 3 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Wood Coal Mine   William Wood   1894 - 1898
Wood Coal Mine No. 5
This is a new shaft that was 400 feet west
of the previous abandoned shaft.
  William Wood   1898 - 1906
Wood Coal Mine   Wood Coal Company   1906 - 1913
[Source - No. 1, Index 5428]
The last production was reported in 1913.
 
1897 Annual Coal Report 11
Abandoned Mines - Grundy County
      William Wood has abandoned his mine at Morris.
 
1899 Annual Coal Report 13
New Mines - Grundy County
      William Wood has abandoned his mine at Morris and sunk a new shaft about 400 feet west of the old one.
 
1914 Annual Coal Report 28
Abandoned Mines.
      Wood Coal Company, Morris.

Yates Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Grundy County - Morris
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 47 feet with an average coal seam of 3 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Yates Coal Mine   James Yates   1882 - 1883
[Source - No. 1, Index 5447]

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