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Jackson County, Illinois

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Coal in Jackson County, Illinois Strip (surface) Coal Mines Fatalities Sources
 

K. W. S. Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Jackson County - Township 7 South, 3 West, Section 17, SE SE SE
Mine Name Operated By Years
K. W. S. Coal Mine   K. W. S. Coal Company   1937 - 1939
[Source - No. 1, Index # 4626]
The last production was reported in 1939.

Kathleen Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Jackson County - Township 7 South, 1 West, Section 5, NW NE SE
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 252 to 260 feet with a coal seam of 6 feet to 11 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Kathleen Coal Mine   Union Colliery Company   1917 - 1946
This mine was idle in 1928
Incidents in 1931, 1936 and 1940 resulted in fatalities from gas and gas explosions.
The last production was reported in 1946.
[Source - No. 1, Index # 183]
1918 Annual Report 28
Description of New Mines.
      The Union Colliery Company of St. Louis is constructing a large and modern mine in Jackson County, on the Illinois Central Railroad, five miles south of Duquoin. Both shafts have been sunk to the coal, which is No. 6 seam with average thickness of 8 feet 3 inches, main shaft 260 feet to bottom of seam. The air shaft tipple built of reinforced concrete has been completed. A Wellman Seaver Moran electric hoist has been installed and equipped with a 250 horsepower a. c. motor, a rotary dump in the tipple, screen and mine run chute, so mine run, lump and screening coal can be loaded from this shaft. The shaft is 26 feet 4 inches by 12 feet 6 inches over all and is absolutely fireproof throughout. The lining is of reinforced concrete with steel buntons. The air chamber is 8 feet by 12 feet 6 inches inside and is separated from the stairway and hoisting compartment by a 10-inch reinforced concrete wall. A 12 foot by 5 foot high speed reversible Jeffery fan is being installed, having a 200 horsepower motor drive and steam engine for an auxiliary drive. The fan house will be of brick and reinforced concrete. The machine and blacksmith shop, store room and office building is fire proof throughout; the office is on the second floor above the store room and has every convenience. A 4-track steel tipple of the Allen & Garcia type is under construction and will be equipped with shaker screen, picking tables and loading booms. A storage track for 110 loaded cars has been provided for; there will also be room for that many empty cars above the tipple. A narrow gauge track has been laid between the two standard gauge tracks, extending from the end of the empty track through the tipple to the end of the load storage track. A 20-ton steam locomotive is used for handling the cars to and from the tipple. The main shaft will also be fireproof throughout with reinforced concrete lining and steel buntons. This promises to be one of the most substantial and modern coal mines in Southern Illinois.
 
1918 Annual Report 28
Mine Fires.
      May 5, 1918, an explosion occurred in the Union Colliery Company's mine at Dowell, about 4:00 p. m. This mine had just been sunk, the two shafts, main shaft and air shaft, were not connected. The examiner had just come up the air shaft after examining for the night shift and went to examine the workings down the main shaft; he had but left the surface a short time when the explosion was heard. The superintendent and mine manager, who were standing near the air shaft, ran towards the main shaft and at once ordered the engineer to pull the bucket up. The engineer gave a pull and found the bucket was stuck as the force of the explosion had blown off considerable boards and lumber from the partition which had fallen on the bucket. The superintendent told the engineer to allow some slack rope and give a jerk, so, just as the engineer was pulling on the bucket, a noise was heard from below shouting "hoist away," and when the bucket landed the mine examiner was found lying in the bottom of it very badly burned about the head, arms and back. He at once was taken to the hospital at Murphysboro, at which place he recovered from his burns. The Duquoin rescue team was called to make a search for fire as there was considerable dry lumber down at the time of the explosion, and after returning reported all clear of fires.
 
1929 Annual Report 38
New and Reopened Mines.
      The Union Colliery Company has reopened the Kathleen Mine at Dowell, Jackson County.

Kimmel Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Jackson County - Township 8 South, 1 West, Section 17, SW SW NW
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 40 feet with an average coal seam of 6 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Kimmel Coal Mine   Joe Kimmel   prior to 1908
[Source - No. 1, Index # 4610]

Kirby Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Jackson County - Campbell Hill
An Underground Slope mine at a depth of 6 to 15 feet with an average coal seam of 3½ to 6½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Kirby Coal Mine   Mike Kirby   1909 - 1914
[Source - No. 1]
1915 Annual Report 25
Abandoned Mines. -- Jackson County -- The following mines are temporarily closed or permanently abandoned:    M. Kirby

Little Muddy Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Jackson County - Township 8 South, 1 West, Section 11, SE NE SE
According to the mine notes, the mine extended (from the slope bottom) 600 ft east and 200 ft south,
       with old works extending 300 ft west and 100 ft north.

An Underground Slope Mine at a depth of 87 feet with a coal seam of 4 to 8½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Supreme Coal Mine   Supreme Coal Company   1921 - 1922
Bradbury Scullin Coal Mine   Bradbury Scullin Coal Company   1922 - 1923
Unknown   Unknown   1924 - 1931
Little Muddy Coal Mine No. 1   Little Muddy Coal Company   1932 - 1934
The last production was reported in 1934.
[Source - No. 1, Index # 2486]

Logan Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Jackson County - Township 7 South, 1 West, Section 17, SE NE SW
An Underground Mine at a depth of 17 to 25 feet with an average coal seam of 6 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Logan Coal Mine   William Logan & Sons   1936
Logan Coal Mine   Logan Coal Company   1937
The last production was reported in 1937.
[Source - No. 1, Index # 7289]

M. & E. Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Jackson County - Township 8 South, 1 West, Section 5, SE NW NE
An Underground Slope Mine feet with an average coal seam of 7½ to 11 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
M. & M. Coal Mine   M. & M. Coal Company   1935 - 1936
M. & E. Coal Mine   M. & E. Coal Company   1936 - 1953
The last production was reported in 1953.
[Source - No. 1, Index # 2480]

Maushart & Henderson Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Jackson County - Township 9 South, 1 West, Section 36, SW SW SW
An Underground Mine at a depth of 12 to 22 feet with an average coal seam of 7 to 7½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Maushart & Henderson Coal Mine   Maushart & Henderson   1924 - 1936
The last production was reported in 1936.
[Source - No. 1, Index # 7140]

McDonald Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Jackson County - Township 9 South, 1 West, Section 23, NE SW NE
An Underground Slope Mine at a depth of 60 to 84 feet with an average coal seam of 4 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
East Side Coal Mine
Lauder Coal Mine
  East Side Coal Company
operated by Lauder
  1928 - 1936
1933
Wilkins Coal Mine   Arleigh Wilkins   1937
East Side Coal Mine   East Side Coal Company   1938
McDonald Coal Mine   Louis L. McDonald   1938 - 1939
The last production was reported in 1939.
[Source - No. 1, Index # 2496]

Monarch Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Jackson County - Township 7 South, 1 West, Section 17, NW NE NW
An Underground Slope Mine at a depth of 60 feet with an average coal seam of 4½ to 6.7 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Monroe Coal Mine No. 1   William Logan & Sons   1936 - 1937
Monarch Coal Mine   Monarch Coal Company   1938
Monarch Coal Mine   Charles J. Bruce   1939 - 1940
Monarch Coal Mine No. 7   Floyd Chaney & Earl Grisham   194- 1941
The last production was reported in 1941.
[Source - No. 1, Index # 2442]

Monroe Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Jackson County - Township 8 South, 1 West, Section 8, NE NE SW
An Underground Slope Mine at a depth of 35 to 60 feet with an average coal seam of 8 to 10 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Home Fires Coal Mine   Home Fires Coal Company   1924 - 1927
Ballor Coal Mine   C. E. Ballor   1928
Idle   Idle   1929
Home Fires Coal Mine   Home Fires Coal Company   1930
Norris Coal Mine   Hugh Norris & Company   1931
Monroe & Hendricks Coal Mine   Monroe & Hendricks Coal Company   1932 - 1933
Monroe Coal Mine   Monroe Coal Company   1934 - 1936
The last production was reported in 1936.
[Source - No. 1, Index # 2482]

Morgan Coal Mines
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Morgan Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Jackson County - Township 7 South, 3 West, Section 21, NE NE SE
An Underground Drift Mine.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Morgan Coal Mine   Willard Morgan   1926 - 1929
[Source - No. 1, Index # 2462]
The last production was reported in 1929.
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Morgan Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Jackson County - Township 7 South, 3 West, Section 21, SE SE SE
An Underground Slope Mine at a depth of 21 feet with an average coal seam of 6 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Morgan Coal Mine   Jesse Morgan Coal Company   1929 - 1943
[Source - No. 1, Index # 2472]
The last production was reported in 1943.

Moss Coal Mines
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Moss Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Jackson County - Township 7 South, 3 West, Section 11;
      Slope - SW SW NE; Shaft - NE SE NW
A Mine at a depth of 51 feet with an average coal seam of 4 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Moss Coal Mine   H. Moss   1898 - 1902
Moss Coal Mine   O. R. Moss   1902 - 1905
[Source - No. 1, Index # 2459]
The last production was reported in 1905.
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Moss Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Jackson County - Township 7 South, 3 West;
      Section 12, Main Slope - SW NW NW;
      Section 11, Slope - SW NW NE;
      Section 11, Slope / Drift - NE NE NE;
      Section 11, Slope / Drift - SE NE NE;
A Mine at a depth of 24 to 75 feet with an average coal seam of 3.7 to 4 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Schimpf Coal Mine No. 1   Jake B. Schimpf   1903 - 1916
Moss Coal Mine   O. R. Moss   1916 - 1918
Schimpf Coal Mine No. 1   Jake B. Schimpf   1918 - 1920
McCarthy Coal Mine   D. F. McCarthy   1920 - 1925
Moss Coal Mine   O. S. Moss Coal Company   1926 - 1927
Schimpf Coal Mine   Schimpf Coal Company   1928
Schimpf Coal Mine   B. A. Schimpf   1929
Moss Coal Mine   O. R. Moss   1929 - 1942
[Source - No. 1, Index # 2461]
This mine was idle in 1924 and 1927.
The last production was reported in 1942.
 
1917 Annual Report 27
Change of Name. -- J. B. Schimpf, No. 1, to O. R. Moss

Muddy Valley Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Jackson County - Township 7 South, 1 West, Section 29, SE NE NW
An Underground Mine at a depth of 161 feet with a coal seam of 6 to 11 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Hallidayboro Coal Mine   Muddy Valley Mining &
Manufacturing Company
  1888 - 1914
Muddy Valley Coal Mine   Jackson Coal Company   1914 - 1924
The shaft was sunk by Halliday Brothers. Equipment for this mine (engines on the surface and mining machines) were bought from the Mattoon Shaft in Coles County.
[Source - No. 1, Index #55]
The last production was reported in April 1924.
 
1915 Annual Report 25
Change of Name. -- Muddy Valley Mining Co. to Jackson Coal Co.
 
1916 Annual Report 26
Improvements.
      The Jackson Coal Company has installed two 150 horsepower return tubular boilers; one 35 kilowatt, 250 volt D. C. generator with vertical engine to drive new electric pump; one fan, 3½ by 6½ feet, at hoisting shaft; one continuous elevator and roller screen complete for rescreening egg coal; put in lowering chutes and loading boom for hand pickers, and placed two new 100-ton capacity scales under tipple.

Murphysboro-Big Muddy Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Jackson County - Township 7 South, 3 West, Section 21, SE NE NE
An Underground Mine at a depth of 25 feet with an average coal seam of 4 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Bryden Coal Mine No. 1   Bryden Coal & Coke Company   1884 - 1893
Murphysboro-Big Muddy Coal Mine No. 1   Murphysboro-Big Muddy Coal Company   1893 - 1900
[Source - No. 1, Index # 2463]
The last production was reported in 1900.
 
1894 Annual Report 7
New Mines.
      The Murphysboro & Big Muddy Coal Company have opened a new mine at Sato, Jackson County; the vein is 6 feet thick, of the Geological Seam No. 2; the coal here is only 20 feet below the surface. This was formerly the Bryden Coal Company's mines Nos. 1 and 5.

Myers Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Jackson County - Township 9 South, 1 West, Section 36, SW SE SW
An Underground Mine at a depth of 22 to 50 feet with an average coal seam of 6½ to 7½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Myers Coal Mine   William H. Myers   1898 - 1906
The last production was reported in 1906.
[Source - No. 1, Index # 2635]

Nearing Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Jackson County - Township 7 South, 2 West, Section 28, NW NW SW
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 84 feet with an average coal seam of 4 to 6 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Nearing Coal Mine   Nearing Coal Company   prior to 1932
When visited in 1932, the shaft had been abandoned "for many years". Only "a few cars" of coal had been mined.
[Source - No. 1, Index # 2452]

Nesbit Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Jackson County - Township 7 South, 3 West, Section 22, NE SE NW
A Mine at a depth of 10 to 60 feet with an average coal seam of 5.4 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Edwards Coal Mine   Robert Edwards   1904 - 1905
Nesbit & Edwards Coal Mine   Nesbit & Edwards   1905 - 1906
Nesbit Coal Mine   T. A. Nesbit   1906 - 1908
Nesbit & Wilson Coal Mine   Nesbit & Wilson   1908 - 1912
Nesbit Coal Mine   T. A. Nesbit   1912 - 1921
[Source - No. 1, Index # 1922 ]
The last production was reported in 1921.
 
1913 Annual Report 23
New Mines -- The following mines have been opened or re-opened during the year: -- T. A. Nesbit, Ava;
 
1915 Annual Report 25
Abandoned Mines. -- Jackson County -- The following mines are temporarily closed or permanently abandoned: -- T. A. Nisbet
 
1916 Annual Report 26
New and Reopened Mines. -- Jackson County. -- T. A. Nesbet, Ava

New Muddy Valley Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Jackson County - Township 8 South, 1 West, Section 17, SE NW NW
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 46 to 75 feet with an average coal seam of 3½ to 4 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Parrish Coal Mine   John Parrish   1922 - 1926
Idle or operated under another name   1927 - 1929
Unknown   Unknown   1930
Smith & Finney Coal Mine   Smith & Finney   1931
Smith & Sisne Coal Mine   Smith & Sisne   1932
New Muddy Valley Coal Mine   New Muddy Valley Coal Company   1933 - 1936
The last production was reported in 1936.
[Source - No. 1, Index # 2489]

Newberry Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Jackson County - Township 10 South, 1 West, Section 8, NE SE SE
A Drift or Slope Mine with an average coal seam of 3½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Newberry Coal Mine   Newberry Coal Company   1932 - 1933
[Source - No. 1, Index # 4228]

O. K. Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Jackson County - Township 9 South, 1 West, Section 27, NE SW NE
An Underground Mine with an average coal seam of 3.2 to 4 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Carter Coal Mine   R. M. Carter   1917 - 1919
Unknown   Unknown   1920 - 1932
O. K. Coal Mine   O. K. Coal Company   1933 - 1934
The last production was reported in 1934.
[Source - No. 1, Index # 4614]

Old Sato Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Jackson County - Township 7 South, 3 West, Section 22, SE SW SW
A Mine at a depth of 25 to 35 feet with an average coal seam of 5½ to 6 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Sato Coal Mine   Sato Coal & Mining Company   1889 - 1899
The older mine, Sato, (operating 1889-1899), utilized a shaft for production, location of the shaft is unknown.
Old Sato Coal Mine   Tom Kilhorn & John Trucano   1940 - 1941
The last production was reported in 1941.
[Source - No. 1, Index # 2466]

Peacock Coal Mines
Much confusion is associated with all the mines that include "Peacock" in their company name.
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The legal description lists this as :    Jackson County - Township 8 South, 1 West,
      Shaft -- Section 8, SW SE SE
      Shaft -- Section 17, SW NE NE
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 40 to 54 feet with a coal seam of 8 to 14 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Culley Coal Mine   J. L. Culley   1904 - 1905
Peacock Coal Mine   Peacock Coal Company   1905 - 1906
Idle   Idle   1907
Montgomery Coal Mine   Montgomery Brothers   1908 - 1909
Peacock Coal Mine   Peacock Coal Company   1909 - 1911
The last production was reported in 1911.
[Source - No. 1, Index # 718]
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The legal description lists this as :    Jackson County - Township 8 South, 1 West, Section 12, NW NW SW
An Underground Slope Mine with a coal seam of 5½ to 6 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Peacock Coal Mine   Peacock Coal Company   1933 - 1935
The last production was reported in December 1935.
[Source - No. 1, Index # 2487]

Pee Wee Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Jackson County - Township 8 South, 1 West, Section 17, NE NE NE
A Mine at a depth of 40 to 54 feet with an average coal seam of 8 to 10 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Pee Wee Coal Mine   De Soto Peacock Coal Company
Operated by Charles Hart
  1912 - 1917
Pee Wee Coal Mine   De Soto Coal & Mining Company
Operated by Mr. McClearey
  1917 - 1919
 Mr. McClearey later sold to the Grand Rapids Furniture Company,
which closed the mine soon after because it was worked out.
[Source - No. 1, Index # 4625]
The last production was reported in 1919.
 
1913 Annual Report 23
New Mines -- The following mines have been opened or re-opened during the year:
      DeSoto Peacock Coal Co., DeSoto;

Phillips Coal Mines
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The legal description lists this as :    Jackson County - Township 9 South, 1 West, Section 35, SE SE
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 16 feet with an average coal seam of 6 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Phillips Coal Mine   Phillips Brothers   1887 - 1889
The last production was reported in 1889.
[Source - No. 1, Index # 4632]
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The legal description lists this as :    Jackson County - Township 9 South, 1 West, Section 36, SW NE SW
An Underground Slope Mine at a depth of 24 to 160 feet with an average coal seam of 7 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Phillips Coal Mine   Sebert Phillips   1901 - 1902
Idle   Idle   1903 - 1905
Phillips Coal Mine   H. S. Phillips   1905 - 1922
Phillips Coal Mine   T. G. Phillips   1922 - 1923
Phillips Coal Mine   H. S. Phillips   1923 - 1935
Phillips Coal Mine   Thomas G. Phillips   1936 - 1954
The last production was reported in 1954.
[Source - No. 1, Index # 607]

Poplar Ridge Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Jackson County - Township 9 South, 3 West, Section 25, N½ NE SE NW
An Underground Slope Mine with an average coal seam of 3½ to 4 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Poplar Ridge Coal Mine   Poplar Ridge Coal Company   1931 - 1934
The last production was reported in 1934.
[Source - No. 1, Index # 4238]

Preston Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Jackson County - Township 9 South, 1 West, Section 36, SW SW SW
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 12 to 22 feet with an average coal seam of 7 to 7½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Preston Coal Mine   John Preston   1896 - 1903
[Source - No. 1, Index # 5708]

Replogle Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Jackson County - Township 9 South, 2 West, Section 5, NW SW NW & NE SW NW
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 62 feet with an average coal seam of 2½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Replogle Coal Mine   G. A. Replogle & Son   1924 - 1941
The last production was reported in 1941.
[Source - No. 1, Index # 2504]

Rich Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Jackson County - Carbondale
An Underground Slope Mine at a depth of 35 feet with an average coal seam of 5 to 6 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Rich Coal Mine   John Rich   1914 - 1915
Mason Coal Mine   Frank Mason   1915 - 1916
Rich Coal Mine   J. C. Rich   1916 - 1920
[Source - No. 1,]
1915 Annual Report 25
New Mines. -- Jackson County -- The following are classed as new mines: -- John Rich Coal Co., Carbondale
 
1917 Annual Report 27
Closed and Abandoned Mines. -- Frank Mason,Carbondale

Richardson Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Jackson County - Township 9 South, 1 West, Section 8, SW SW NW
An Underground Slope Mine at a depth of 97 feet with an average coal seam of 4½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Richardson Coal Mine   Richardson Coal Company   1948 - 1950
The last production was reported in 1950.
[Source - No. 1, Index # 4599]

Rigdon & Miller Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Jackson County - Township 7 South, 3 West, Section 22, SW SW SW
Mine Name Operated By Years
Rigdon & Ditzler Coal Mine   Rigdon & Ditzler   1934
Rigdon & Miller Coal Mine   Rigdon & Miller   1935
The last production was reported in 1935.
[Source - No. 1, Index # 4630]

Root Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Jackson County - Township 9 South, 1 West, Section 36, SW SW SW
An Underground Mine at a depth of 12 to 22 feet with an average coal seam of 7 to 7½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Root Coal Mine   J. P. Root   1922 - 1924
The last production was reported in 1924.
[Source - No. 1, Index # 7142]

Royal Falcon Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Jackson County - Township 7 South, 1 West, Section 25, NW SE SW
A Drift Mine.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Royal Falcon Coal Mine   Knight Hawk Coal, LLC.   2007 - ?
[Source - No. 1, Index # 1042]

Sanders Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Jackson County - Township 9 South, 1 West, Section 36
An Underground Slope mine at a depth of 15 to 35 feet with an average coal seam of 6 to 6¼ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Black Cat Coal Mine   Black Cat Coal Company   1934 - 1935
Blake Coal Mine   Blake Coal Company   1936
Black Cat Coal Mine   Black Cat Coal Company   1937
Best Coal Mine No. 1   Best Coal Company   1938 - 1939
Black Cat Coal Mine   Black Cat Coal Company   1934 - 1935
Idle   Idle   1940 - 1946
Sanders Coal Mine   Sanders Coal Company   1947
The last production was reported in 1947.
[Source - No. 1, Index # 2501]

Schimpf Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Jackson County - Township 7 South, 2 West, Section 11, SW SW SW
An Underground Slope mine at a depth of 22 to 40 feet with an average coal seam of 2.83 to 5½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Schimpf Coal Mine   B. A. Schimpf   1910 - 1911
Schimpf & Craig Coal Mine   Schimpf & Craig   1911 - 1912
Schimpf Coal Mine   B. Schimpf   1912 - 1913
Schimpf & Blacklock Coal Mine   Schimpf & Blacklock   1913 - 1914
Schimpf & Pugh Coal Mine   Schimpf & Pugh   1914 - 1915
Schimpf Coal Mine   B. A. Schimpf   1915 - 1917
[Source - No. 1, Index # 7277]
The last production was reported in 1917.
 
1914 Annual Report 24
Change of Name.-- Jackson County.
      B. Schimpff to Schimpff & Blacklock.
 
1915 Annual Report 25
Change of Name.
      Schimpf & Blacklock to Schimpf & Pugh

Schmidgall (Schmidtgall) Coal Mines
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Schmidgall Coal Mine No. 1
The legal description lists this as :    Jackson County - Township 7 South, 2 West, Section 5, NE SE NW
An Underground Shaft mine at a depth of 100 to 120 feet with an average coal seam of 3.17 to 3½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Schmidgall Coal Mine No. 1   Schmidgall Coal Company   1900 -1912
[Source - No. 1, Index # 2449]
1913 Annual Report 23
Abandoned Mines -- mines reported last year are either abandoned permanently, or operations suspended during the year
      Schmidtgall Coal Co., Murphysboro;
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Schmidgall Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Jackson County - Township 8 South, 2 West, Section 32, SE SE SW
An Underground Shaft mine at a depth of 98 feet.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Schmidgall Coal Mine   Frank Schmidgall   1929 - 1935
The last production was reported in 1935.
[Source - No. 1, Index # 2494]
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Schmidgall Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Jackson County - Township 7 South, 4 West, Section 36, SE NW
A mine at a depth of 18 feet with an average coal seam of 3 to 4 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Schmidgall Coal Mine   Schmidgall Coal Company   prior to 1936
[Source - No. 1, Index # 2506]

Spirit of Egypt Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Jackson County - Township 7 South, 3 West, Section 11, SE NE SW
A Mine at a depth of 50 feet with an average coal seam of 4 to 4¼ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Doerr Coal Mine   E. Doerr   1917 - 1920
Murphysboro Coal Mine   Murphysboro Mining Company   1920 - 1927
Spirit of Egypt Coal Mine   Spirit of Egypt Mining Company   1928 - 1929
The last production was reported in 1929.
[Source - No. 1, Index # 2457]

Sponsler Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Jackson County - Township 9 South, 1 West, Section 36, NW NW SW
An Underground Mine at a depth of 26 to 34 feet with an average coal seam of 6½ to 8 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Sponsler Coal Mine   Elmer Sponsler   1901 - 1908
This mine was idle in 1904 & 1905.
The last production was reported in 1908.
[Source - No. 1, Index # 4608]

Spring Ridge Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Jackson County - Township 9 South, 1 West, Section 36, SE NW NE
An Drift Mine at a depth of 50 feet with an average coal seam of 2.43 to 4 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Johnson Coal Mine   R. J. Johnson   1890 - 1892
Spring Ridge Coal Mine   J. H. Shepard   1892 - 1893
Spring Ridge Coal Mine   Spring Ridge Coal Company   1893 - 1894
The last production was reported in 1894.
[Source - No. 1, Index # 7139]

Stevens Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Jackson County - Township 7 South, 4 West, Section 5, NE NW NE
An Underground Slope Mine at a depth of 14 feet with an average coal seam of 4 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Cimo Coal Mine   Cimo Coal Company   1936
Idle   Idle   1937 - 1938
Stephens & Myers Coal Mine   Stephens & Myers   1939
Stevens Coal Mine   Stevens Coal Company   1940
The last production was reported in 1940.
[Source - No. 1, Index # 2476]

St. Louis Ore & Steel Company Mines
St. Louis Ore & Steel Coal Mine No. 1
The legal description lists this as :    Jackson County - Township 9 South, 2 West,
      Shaft No. 1 - Section 10, NE NE NW
      Shaft No. 2 - Section 9, NE SE NE
      Shaft No. 3 - Section 10, NE NE SW
      Air Shaft - Section 9, NW NW SE
      Drift No. 1 (Tunnel) - Section 9, NW NW SE
      Slope No. 1 - Section 9, NE NW SE
      Slope No. 2 - Section 9, NE NW SE
An Underground Mine at a depth of 60 to 170 feet with an average coal seam of 5 to 6 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Mt. Carbon Coal Mine   Mt. Carbon Coal Company   1844 - 1850
Idle   Idle   1850 - 1865
Grand Tower Coal Mine   Grand Tower Mining, Manufacturing
& Transportation Company
  1866 - 1880
St. Louis Ore & Steel Coal Mine No. 1   St. Louis Ore & Steel Company   1880 - 1887

Slope No. 1 and Slope No. 2 are believed to have been the initial openings for the Mt. Carbon Coal Company. Production was not high at that time, and more efficient shafts were established by Grand Tower Mining, Manufacturing & Transportation Company as the rate of production increased. The No. 1 shaft was sunk in 1867, the No. 2 shaft was sunk in 1868, the No. 3 shaft was sunk in 1869 (replacing the old slopes) and the No. 1 Tunnel (drift) was constructed in 1872. The No. 1 shaft top works burned, and that shaft was used was used to pump water out of the No. 3 works. (All the workings were connected underground.) Later, the No. 1 shaft was re-named the No. 5 shaft for Big Muddy No. 6 Mine (mine index 2493), and used as an air shaft. The No. 2 shaft is the only one kept open after the 1873 financial panic, but it flooded in 1876. It took a long time to pump out the workings, and business only revived after 1880, and most of the efforts were directed to mines on the north side of the river.
[Source - No. 1, Index # 2490]
The last production was reported in 1887.
 
1884 Annual Coal Report 2
The St. Louis Ore and Steel Co.
      The property of this company was placed in the hands of a receiver on the 24th of July. No. 3 shaft, which gave employment to about 50 miners, but was wholly deficient in proper ventilation, was fortunately closed. the No. 7 tunnel, employing about 150 miners, also had air courses badly caved in and choked up. when operations are resumed many improvements will be necessary, which Mr. Simpson, the present Superintendent, proposes to make. The coke ovens belonging to this company, and connected with these mines, are also suspended until the beginning of the year.

Swofford Coal Mines
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Swofford Coal Mine No. 1
The legal description lists this as :    Jackson County - Township 9 South, 1 West, Section 36, SE SE SW & NW SW SE
An Underground Slope Mine at a depth of 70 feet with an average coal seam of 6½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Swofford Coal Mine No. 1   John C. Swofford Coal Company   1922 - 1937
The last production was reported in 1937.
[Source - No. 1, Index # 2502]
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Swofford Coal Mine No. 2
The legal description lists this as :    Jackson County - Township 9 South, 1 West, Section 36, SW SE SW
An Underground Slope Mine at a depth of 46 to 70 feet with an average coal seam of 6 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Swofford Coal Mine No. 2
Peacock Coal Mine
  J. C. Swofford   1930 - 1940
Swofford Coal Mine No. 2   J. C. Swofford   1940 - 1944
The last production was reported in 1944.
[Source - No. 1, Index # 602]
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Swofford Coal Mine No. 3
The legal description lists this as :    Jackson County - Township 9 South, 1 West, Section 36, NW NW SW
An Underground Slope Mine at a depth of 85 feet with an average coal seam of 6 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Swofford Coal Mine No. 3   Swofford Coal Company   unknown
The production was probably reported with mine No. 1 or No. 2
[Source - No. 1, Index # 4227]

Templeton Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Jackson County - Township 9 South, 2 West, Section 16, NE NE NE
An Underground Slope Mine.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Templeton Coal Mine   Templeton Brothers Coal Company   1927 - 1933
Templeton Coal Mine   Templeton Coal Company   1934 - 1943
The last production was reported in June 10, 1943.
[Source - No. 1, Index # 604]

Thompson Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Jackson County - Township 9 South, 1 West, Section 36, SW SW SE
An Underground Slope Mine at a depth of 20 to 28 feet with an average coal seam of 7 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Thompson Coal Mine   M. M. Thompson   1900 - 1905
The last production was reported in 1905.
[Source - No. 1, Index # 2671]

Wahlman Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Jackson County - Campbell Hill
An Underground Shaft mine at a depth of 50 feet with an average coal seam of 4¼ to 4.33 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Wahlman Coal Mine   George Wahlman Coal Company   1912 - 1915
[Source - No. 1]
1913 Annual Report 23
New Mines -- The following mines have been opened or re-opened during the year:
      George Wahlman, Campbell Hill, Jackson County;

Ward Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Jackson County - Township 8 South, 1 West, Section 8, NW NE NE
A Mine at a depth of 83 to 87 feet with an average coal seam of 6 to 7 feet in thickness.
      Two feet of top coal was left to support the roof, and often 1 ft of bottom coal was not mined because of poor quality.
      The average thickness was reported as 8.0 to 9.0 ft.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Elk Ridge Coal Mine   Chicago & Carbondale Coal Company   1902 - 1911
Little Hope Coal Mine   J. B. Kreikemeier Coal Company   1911 - 1914
Idle   Idle   1914 - 1917
Ward Coal Mine   Peacock Coal Mining Company   1917 - 1919
Ward Coal Mine   Midway Coal Mining Company   1919 - 1922
Ward Coal Mine   Chicago Fuel Company   1922 - 1925
An abandoned mine filled with water was encountered. Pumping of 3,000 gallons per minute went on for 3 months before they could resume mining.
[Source - No. 1, Index # 267]
The last production was reported in 1925.
1912 Annual Report 22
Change of Name.
      The Chicago and Carbondale Coal Company, DeSoto, Jackson County, is now operated by the J. B. Kreikemeier Coal Company.
 
1914 Annual Report 24
Abandoned Mines. -- The following mines are not reported this year:
      Kreikheimer Coal Co., DeSoto, Jackson County.

Williams Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Jackson County - Vergennes
An Underground Slope Mine at a depth of 24 to 26 feet with an average coal seam of 3.3 to 3½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Owen Coal Mine   Marion Owen   1898 - 1901
Williams Coal Mine   F. Williams   1901 - 1903
[Source - No. 1,]

Willis Coal Mines
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Willis Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Jackson County - Township 8 South, 2 West, Section 33, NW SE SW
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 130 to 140 feet with an average coal seam of 6 to 7 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Willis Coal Mine   Daniel P. Willis   1889 - 1898
Willis Coal Mine   Wild & Gill   1898 - 1900
[Source - No. 1, Index # 7166]
The last production was reported in 1900.
 
1890 Coal Report 5
D. P. Willis, of Murphysboro, has sunk a shaft on the fir grounds and equipped it with good machinery and buildings. The shaft is 140 feet deep, coal six and a half feet thick.
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Willis Coal Mine No. 2
The legal description lists this as :    Jackson County - Township 7 South, 3 West, Section 27, NW NE NW
An Underground Mine at a depth of 48 feet with an average coal seam of 6 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Willis Coal Mine No. 2
Big Six Coal Mine
  Willis Coal & Mining Company   1900 - 1904
[Source - No. 1, Index # 2471]
The last production was reported in 1904.

Wilson Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Jackson County - Township 9 South, 1 West, Section 36, SW SW SW
A Slope Mine at a depth of 5 feet with a coal seam of 3.1 to 4.6 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
York Coal Mine   Buck York   1915 - 1916
Wilson Coal Mine   John Wilson   1916 - 1918
[Source - No. 1, Index # 4236]
The last production was reported in 1918.
 
1916 Annual Report 26
New and Reopened Mines. -- Jackson County. -- Buck York, Carbondale
 
1917 Annual Report 27
Change of Name. -- Buck York to John Wilson;

Wilson & Cisne Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Jackson County - Township 9 South, 1 West, Section 36, NE NE NE
An Underground Slope Mine at a depth of 44 feet with an average coal seam of 6 to 7 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Wilson & Eaton Coal Mine   Wilson & Eaton   1920 - 1922
Wilson & Cisne Coal Mine   Wilson & Cisne   1922 - 1924
The last production was reported in 1924.
[Source - No. 1, Index # 4234]

Wise Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Jackson County - Murphysboro
An Underground Slope Mine at a depth of 30 feet with an average coal seam of 4 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Wise Coal Mine   Thomas Wise & Son   1914 - 1915
[Source - No. 1,]
1915 Annual Report 25
New Mines. -- Jackson County -- The following are classed as new mines: -- Thomas Wise & Son, Murphysboro.
 
1916 Annual Report 26
Closed and Abandoned Mines. -- Jackson County. -- Thomas Wise & Son.

Wisley Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Jackson County - Vergennes
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 43 feet with an average coal seam of 8 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Wisley Coal Mine   H. C. Wisley   1913 - 1914
[Source - No. 1,]
1914 Annual Report 24
New Mines.
      H. C. Wislly has opened a local mine near Vergennes, Jackson County.
 
1915 Annual Report 25
Abandoned Mines. -- Jackson County -- The following mines are temporarily closed or permanently abandoned:
      H. C Wisley

Woods Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Jackson County - Township 9 South, 1 West, Section 34
A Mine at a depth of 20 to 78 feet with a coal seam of 5 to 7 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Woods Coal Mine   James B. Woods   1906 - 1914
[Source - No. 1, Index # 268]
The last production was reported in 1914.
 
1915 Annual Report 25
Abandoned Mines. -- Jackson County -- The following mines are temporarily closed or permanently abandoned:
      J. B. Woods

Young Coal Mines
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The legal description lists this as :    Jackson County - Township 8 South, 3 West, Section 26, NW NE NW
An Underground Slope Mine with an average coal seam of 4.67 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Young Coal Mine   Young Coal Company
J. H. Ward
  1930
[Source - No. 1, Index # 4242]
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The legal description lists this as :    Jackson County - Township 9 South, 1 West, Section 27, SW SW NE
A Drift Mine with an average coal seam of 4 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Young Coal Mine   William Young   1916 - 1921
Unknown   may have been operated by others   1922 - 1927
Young Coal Mine   William Young & Son   1928 - 1930
Young Coal Mine   Young Coal Company   1938 - 1939
The last production was reported in 1939.
[Source - No. 1, Index # 2500]

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