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Johnson County, Illinois

Featuring Coal Mining
 
      Johnson County is a county located in the southern part of the State of Illinois.
            37.46° N, 88.87° W
As of 2000, the population was 12,878 and in 2010 the population was 12,582.
The county seat is Vienna.
      Johnson County was organized in 1812 out of Randolph County, and was named for Richard M. Johnson, a U.S. Congressman from Kentucky.
 
      Johnson County has nine precincts:
A township government was adopted on November 8, 1870, with into townships completed in February, 1873, and was discontinued on November 7, 1876 and the townships became precincts after the abandonment of the township government.
            Bloomfield, Burnside, Cache, Elvira, Goreville, Grantsburg, Simpson, Tunnel Hill, Vienna
 
      Some of the Cities, Villages and communities are :
            Belknap, Boles, Bloomfield,Buncombe, Cypress, Dixon Springs, Eagle Point Bay, Elvira, Ganntown, Goreville, Grantsburg, Lick Creek, Mermet, New Burnside, New Columbia, Ozark, Pulleys Mill, Reevesville, Reynoldsburg, Robbs, Samoth, Simpson, Tunnel Hill, Vienna, Wartrace
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Johnson County, Illinois
Coal Mining History
Excerpt from : History of Johnson County, Illinois 2
      While there is surface coal in many sections of the county which is worked for local use, there has never been any mined for commercial purposes except at Burnside.
 
New Burnside
      New Burnside is situated in Burnside Township in the north east corner of the county on the Big Four Railroad. It was laid out in 1872 from the farms of Newell Phillips and Thomas McMichael, Sr, and is named in honor of General Burnside of Civil War fame, who was president of the Cairo and Vincennes R. R. Company which constructed this road, and at the suggestion of Capt. Mark Whiteaker. The reason for the sudden development of this town was the discovery of coal at this place by George H. Huffman while digging out a spring in the year 1875. The mine was worked a short time by Huffman and James A. Smith, but later leased to Captain James A. Vial, in 1877 who worked the mine in paying quantities for about four or five years. The demand for coal in this section at that time was not so great as now and the usual shipments did not exceed twelve car loads per day, although the capacity of the mine was much greater. This coal was not of the highest grade, and after the discovery of the fine veins of coal at Harrisburg and the financial failure of the operator, this mine was abandoned, except for a little digging for local use.

Johnson County, Illinois
Coal Mines

Adams Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Johnson County - New Burnside
A Drift Mine at a depth of 23 feet to 33 feet with an average coal seam of 3.33 feet to 3½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Kilgore Coal Mine   William Kilgore   1901 - 1905
White Coal Mine   Edward White   1905 - 1908
Adams Coal Mine   John Adams   1901 - 1905
[Source - No. 1]

Bald Hill Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Johnson County - Township 11 South, 4 East, Section 3, NE SW SW
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 42 feet with an average coal seam of 3½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Bald Hill Coal Mine   M. Cozant Coal Company   Unknown
[Source - No. 1, Index # 4215]

Black Diamond Coal Company
Listed for 1980 but no production reported.
[Source - No. 1]

Burgan Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Johnson County - Stonefort
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 20 feet with an average coal seam of 3½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Burgan Coal Mine   Jabez Burgan   1886 - 1887
[Source - No. 1]

Castaway Mining Company
Listed for 1980 but no production reported.
[Source - No. 1]

Choat Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Johnson County - Tunnel Hill
An Underground Mine.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Matthew & Harper Coal Mine   Matthew & Harper   1933
Choat Coal Mine   A. W. Choat   1933 - 1934
[Source - No. 1]

Choate & Rushing Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Johnson County - New Burnside
Mine Name Operated By Years
Choate & Rushing Coal Mine   Choate & Rushing   1920 - 1921
[Source - No. 1]

Davenport Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Johnson County - New Burnside
A Drift Mine with an average coal seam of 3¼ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Union Coal Mine   John Dupont   1887 - 1891
Davenport Coal Mine   Davenport & Company   1891 - 1892
[Source - No. 1]
1887 Annual Coal Report3 - Mines
John Dupont, Union Mine; New Burnside - Drift mine at 40 feet 4.6 feet thickness

Deaton Coal Mine
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Deaton Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Johnson County - New Buenside
A Drift Mine with a depth of 20 feet to 22 feet with an average coal seam of 3.33 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Smith Coal Mine   R. J. Smith & Son   1896 - 1897
Smith Coal Mine   Walter Smith   1897 - 1901
Smith Coal Mine   Mrs. R. J. Smith   1901 - 1902
Deaton Coal Mine   T. Deaton & Company   1902 - 1903
[Source - No. 1]
1897 Annual Coal Report6 - New Mines
R. J. Smith & Son have opened a local mine at New Burnside, Johnson County.
1897 Annual Coal Report6 - Mines
R. J. Smith & Son; New Burnside - Drift mine at a depth of 22 feet with an average coal seam of 3.4 feet in thickness.
Annual Coal Reports7, 8, 9 - Mines
Walter Smith; New Burnside - Drift mine at a depth of 22 feet with an average coal seam of 3.4 feet in thickness
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Deaton Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Johnson County - Township 11 South, 4 East, Section 5, SE
A Surface (Strip) Mine.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Deaton Coal Mine   Deaton Coal Company   1971 - 1973
The last production was reported in 1973.
[Source - No. 1, Index # 2530]

Dill & Wallace Coal Mines
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Dill & Wallace Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Johnson County - New Burnside
A Drift Mine with a depth of 20 feet to 30 feet with an average coal seam of 3.33 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Dill & Wallace Coal Mine No. 1   Dill & Wallace   1895 - 1897
Wallace Coal Mine   D. J. Wallace   1897 - 1901
Dill Coal Mine   Martin Dill   1897 - 1901
Dill & Wallace Coal Mine   Dill & Wallace   1902 - 1904
[Source - No. 1]
Annual Coal Reports5, 6 - Mines
Dill & Wallace No. 1; New Burnside - Drift mine at a depth of 20 feet with an average coal seam of 3.4 feet in thickness.
Annual Coal Reports7, 8, 9 - Mines
D. J. Wallace; New Burnside - Drift mine at a depth of 20 feet with an average coal seam of 3.4 feet in thickness
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Dill & Wallace Coal Mine No. 2
The legal description lists this as :    Johnson County - New Burnside
A Drift Mine with an average coal seam of 3.33 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Dill & Wallace Coal Mine No. 2   Dill & Wallace   1895 - 1896
[Source - No. 1]
1896 Annual Coal Report5 - Mines
Dill & Wallace No. 2; New Burnside - Drift mine with an average coal seam of 3.4 feet in thickness
1897 Annual Coal Report6 - Abandoned Mines
Dill & Wallace No. 2 drift at New Burnside, Johnson county. Local mine.

Dougherty Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Johnson County - New Burnside
A Slope Mine with an average coal seam of 3½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Dougherty Coal Mine   A. J. Dougherty   1916 - 1918
[Source - No. 1]

E. & L. Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Johnson County - Township 11 South, 4 East, Section 5, SE SE SW
A Surface (Strip) Mine with an average coal seam of 3 feet to 3.2 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
E. & L. Coal Mine No. 2   E. & L. Coal Company   1973 - 1975
The last production was reported in 1975.
[Source - No. 1, Index # 945]

Felkins Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Johnson County - Tunnel Hill
A Drift Mine at a depth of 20 feet with an average coal seam of 3.33 feet.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Felkins Coal Mine   William Felkins   1895 - 1897
[Source - No. 1] Annual Coal Reports5, 6 - Mines
William Felkins; New Burnside - Drift mine with an average coal seam of 3.4 feet in thickness

Flannell Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Johnson County - New Burnside
Mine Name Operated By Years
Flannell Coal Mine   Flannell Brothers   1919 - 1922
Flannell Coal Mine   Ed Flannell   1922 - 1925
Jordan Coal Mine   Jordan Coal Company   1925 - 1926
Flannell Coal Mine   Ed Flannell   1927
[Source - No. 1]

Goddard Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Johnson County - New Burnside
A Slope or Surface (Strip) Mine at a depth of 20 feet with an average coal seam of 3½ feet to 6.83 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Goddard Coal Mine   A. C. Goddard   1914 - 1916
[Source - No. 1]

Hampton Coal Mines
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Hampton Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Johnson County - New Burnside
A Drift Mine at a depth of 20 feet to 22 feet with an average coal seam of 3.33 feet feet in thickness..
Mine Name Operated By Years
Hampton Coal Mine   Hampton & Son   1895 - 1899
[Source - No. 1] Annual Coal Reports5, 6, 8 - Mines
Hampton & Son; New Burnside - Drift mine at a depth of 22 feet with an average coal seam of 3.4 feet in thickness.
1901 Annual Coal Report10 - assumed Abandoned
Hampton & Son; New Burnside - Drift mine at a depth of 22 feet with an average coal seam of 3.4 feet in thickness
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Hampton Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Johnson County - New Burnside
A Slope Mine at a depth of 23 feet to 33 feet with an average coal seam of 3.33 feet to 4½ feet in thickness..
Mine Name Operated By Years
Wilson Coal Mine   Joseph Wilson   1908 - 1909
Hampton Coal Mine   John Hampton   1909 - 1912
[Source - No. 1]

Harrison Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Johnson County - New Burnside
An Underground Mine.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Pritchett Coal Mine   Ezekial Pritchett   1935
Harrison Coal Mine   Charles Harrison   1936
[Source - No. 1]

Herod Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Johnson County - Township 11 South, 4 East, Section 32, SW NE SE
A Surface (Strip) Mine at a depth of 24 feet to 27 feet with an average coal seam of 2.67 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Herod Coal Mine No. 2   Herod Mining Corporation   1965
The mine was also shown on Coal Section file copies of topographic
maps as Lafayette Coal Company and Brandy Pit.
The last production was reported in 1965.
[Source - No. 1, Index # 875]
Last reported production: 1965

Holly Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Johnson County - Township 12 South, 4 East, Section 6, NW NW
A Surface (Strip) Mine.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Holly Coal Mine   Holly Mining Corporation   1970
The last production was reported in 1970.
[Source - No. 1, Index # 2530]

Horn Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Johnson County - Creal Springs
An Underground Slope Mine at a depth of 30 feet with an average coal seam of 3½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Horn Coal Mine   J. R. Horn   1912 - 1914
[Source - No. 1]

Illinois Iron & Coal Company
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Illinois Iron & Coal Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Johnson County - New Burnside
An Slope Mine with an average coal seam of 3 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Illinois Iron & Coal Coal Mine   Illinois Iron & Coal Company   1882 - 1883
[Source - No. 1]
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Illinois Iron & Coal Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Johnson County - New Burnside
An Underground Shaft & Slope Mine at a depth of 50 feet to 150 feet with an average coal seam of 4½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Illinois Iron & Coal Coal Mine   Illinois Iron & Coal Company   1882 - 1883
[Source - No. 1]

Jennings Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Johnson County - Township 11 South, 4 East, Section 8, NE NW NE
A Surface (Strip) Mine at a depth of 15 feet with an average coal seam of 3½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Jennings Coal Mine No. 2   R. C. Jennings & Son   1956
The last production was reported in 1956.
[Source - No. 1, Index # 778]

Jobe Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Johnson County - Township 11 South, 4 East, Section 5, SE SE SW
A Surface (Strip) Mine at a depth of 35 feet with an average coal seam of 1½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Jobe Coal Mine   Jobe Coal Company   1969
The last production was reported in 1969.
[Source - No. 1, Index # 897]

Jobe & Ross Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Johnson County - Tunnel Hill
An Underground Mine.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Jobe & Ross Coal Mine   Jobe & Ross   1933 - 1934
[Source - No. 1]

Kilgore Coal Mines
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Kilgore Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Johnson County - Tunnel Hill
A Slope Mine at a depth of 40 feet with an average coal seam of 3½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Kilgore Coal Mine   W. Kilgore   1909 - 1910
[Source - No. 1]
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Kilgore Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Johnson County - Tunnel Hill
A Drift Mine at a depth of 200 feet with an average coal seam of 2½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Kilgore Coal Mine   W. Kilgore   1914 - 1915
[Source - No. 1]

Kinslow & Hundley Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Johnson County - Township 11 South, 4 East, Section 8, SW NE NE
An Underground Slope Mine at a depth of 16 feet with an average coal seam of 3½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Hundley Coal Mine   A. S. Hundley   1916 - 1933
  This mine was idle 1919-1922, 1928 & 1929
Kinslow & Hundley Coal Mine   Kinslow & Hundley   1934
The last production was reported in 1934.
[Source - No. 1, Index # 4854]

Knickerbocker Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Johnson County - Township 11 South, 4 East, Section 5, SE SE SW
A Surface (Strip) Mine.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Knickerbocker Coal Mine   Knickerbocker Coal Company   1971
The last production was reported in October 1971.
[Source - No. 1, Index # 2528]

Mattot Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Johnson County - New Burnside
A Surface (Strip) Mine.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Mattot Coal Mine   Roy E. Mattot   1928
[Source - No. 1]

May Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Johnson County - Tunnel Hill
A Surface (Strip) Mine with an average coal seam of 2¼ feet.
Mine Name Operated By Years
May Coal Mine   Henry May   1889 - 1890
May Coal Mine   J. H. May   1890 - 1891
[Source - No. 1]

McClendon Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Johnson County - Tunnel Hill
An Underground Mine.
Mine Name Operated By Years
McClendon Coal Mine   George McClendon   1936
[Source - No. 1]

McMichael Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Johnson County - New Burnside
A Drift Mine with an average coal seam of 3 feet to 3½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
McMichael Coal Mine   T. M. McMichael   1911 - 1916
[Source - No. 1]
1898 Annual Coal Report7 - Mines
Thomas McMichael; New Burnside - Drift mine at a depth of 18 feet with an average coal seam of 3.4 feet in thickness

McMichael & King Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Johnson County - New Burnside
A Drift Mine with a depth of 18 feet to 20 feet with an average coal seam of 3.33 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
McMichael & King Coal Mine   McMichael & King   1895 - 1897
McMichael Coal Mine   Thomas McMichael   1897 - 1898
McMichael & King Coal Mine   McMichael & King   1898 - 1903
[Source - No. 1]
Annual Coal Reports5, 6 - Mines
McMichael & King; New Burnside - Drift mine at a depth of 18 feet with an average coal seam of 3.4 feet in thickness.
1898 Annual Coal Report7 - Mines
Thomas McMichael; New Burnside - Drift mine at a depth of 18 feet with an average coal seam of 3.4 feet in thickness.
Annual Coal Reports8, 9 - Mines
McMichael & King; New Burnside - Drift mine at a depth of 18 feet with an average coal seam of 3.4 feet in thickness

Mideastern Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Johnson County - Township 11 South, 4 East, Section 8, SE NE NW
A Surface (Strip) Mine.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Mideastern Coal Mine   Mideastern Development Corporation   Unknwon
[Source - No. 1, Index # 4858]

New Burnside Coal Mines
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New Burnside Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Johnson County -
      Pit -- Township 11 South, 4 East, Section 5, SE SW
      Pit -- Township 11 South, 4 East, Section 8, N½ NE
A Surface (Strip) Mine.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Meko Coal Mine   Meko Mining Corporation   1969
New Burnside Coal Mine   New Burnside Coal Company   1969 - 1971
The last production was reported in 1971.
[Source - No. 1, Index # 893]
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New Burnside Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Johnson County - Township 11 South, 4 East, Section 5, SE SE SW
A Surface (Strip) Mine at a depth of 28 feet with a maximum coal seam of 5 feet (averaging 2 feet).
Mine Name Operated By Years
New Burnside Coal Mine   Industrial Coal Producers, Inc.   1980
The last production was reported in April 1980.
Bad weather and a lack of buyer for their coal idled the mine in February (opened January, closed in April).
[Source - No. 1, Index # 980]

Nicholson Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Johnson County - New Burnside
A Surface (Strip) Mine.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Nicholson Coal Mine   Tom & Andrew Nicholson   1928
[Source - No. 1]

O'Neil & Parker Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Johnson County - New Burnside
A Slope Mine at a depth of 18 feet with an average coal seam of 8.83 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
O'Neil & Parker Coal Mine   O'Neil & Parker   1914 - 1915
[Source - No. 1]

Oxford Coal Mines
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Oxford Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Johnson County - Township 11 South, 4 East, Section 5, SE NW SW
A Surface (Strip) Mine.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Oxford Coal Mine No. 1   Oxford Construction Company   1975
The last production was reported in 1975.
[Source - No. 1, Index # 951]
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Oxford Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Johnson County
A Surface (Strip) Mine.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Oxford Coal Mine No. 3   Oxford Construction Company   1977
[Source - No. 1, Index # 973]

Ozark Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Johnson County - Township 11 South, 4 East, Section 31, SW NE SE
A Surface (Strip) Mine at a depth of 50 feet with an average coal seam of 2.33 feet to 2.58 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Ozark Coal Mine   Energy Exploration, Inc.   1978
The last production was reported in November 1978.
[Source - No. 1, Index # 986]

Park & Hiller Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Johnson County - Township 17 North, 1 East, Section 19
A Drift Mine.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Park Coal Mine   Andrew H. Park   1884 - 1886
Parks Coal Mine   John Parks   1886 - 1887
Park & Hiller Coal Mine   Park & Hiller   1887 - 1894
[Source - No. 1, Index # 7318]

Powers Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Johnson County - New Burnside
A Drift Mine at a depth of 20 feet with an average coal seam of 3.33 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Bainbridge & Edwards Coal Mine   Bainbridge & Edwards   1895 - 1896
Edwards Coal Mine   A. J. Edwards   1896 - 1897
Powers Coal Mine   James Powers   1897 - 1898
[Source - No. 1]
1896 Annual Coal Report5 - Mines
Bainbridge & Edwards; New Burnside - Drift mine with an average coal seam of 3.4 feet in thickness.
1897 Annual Coal Report6 - Mines
A. J. Edwards; - New Burnside - Drift mine at a depth of 20 feet with an average coal seam of 3.4 feet in thickness.
1897 Annual Coal Report7 - Mines
James Powers; New Burnside - Drift mine at a depth of 20 feet with an average coal seam of 3.4 feet in thickness

Ramsey Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Johnson County - New Burnside
Mine Name Operated By Years
Ramsey Coal Mine   Kusten Ramsey   1926
[Source - No. 1]

Ramsey & Upchurch Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Johnson County - New Burnside
Mine Name Operated By Years
Upchurch & Ramsey Coal Mine   Upchurch & Ramsey   1923 - 1924
Ramsey Coal Mine   H. Ramsey   1924 - 1925
Ramsey Coal Mine   H. & L. Ramsey   1925
Ramsey Coal Mine   H. Ramsey & Son   1926
Ramsey & Upchurch Coal Mine   Ramsey & Upchurch   1927
[Source - No. 1]

Smith Coal Mines
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Smith Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Johnson County - New Burnside
Mine Name Operated By Years
Smith Coal Mine   Fred Smith   1917 - 1919
Smith Coal Mine   H. W. Smith   1919 - 1921
[Source - No. 1]
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Smith Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Johnson County - Township 11 South, 4 East, Section 8, SW SE NE
An Underground Slope Mine at a depth of 45 feet with an average coal seam of 3½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Treece Coal Mine   Treece & Son   1936
Smith Coal Mine   Fred Smith Coal Company   1937
The last production was reported in 1937.
[Source - No. 1, Index # 2529]

Tanner Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Johnson County - New Burnside
An Underground Mine.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Tanner Coal Mine   Louis Tanner   1929
[Source - No. 1]

Trammell Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Johnson County - New Burnside
Mine Name Operated By Years
Trammell Coal Mine   Ed Trammell   1922 - 1923
[Source - No. 1]

Tyler & Baker Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Johnson County - New Burnside
A Slope Mine at a depth of 20 feet to 30 feet with an average coal seam of 3.33 feet to 4½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
New Burnside Coal Mine   New Burnside Coal Company   1897 - 1901
Edwards Coal Mine   A. J. Edwards   1901 - 1903
Tyler Coal Mine   J. W. Tyler   1903 - 1906
Tyler & Heaton Coal Mine   Tyler & Heaton   1906 - 1907
Tyler Coal Mine   J. W. Tyler   1907 - 1911
Tyler & Heaton Coal Mine   Tyler & Heaton   1911 - 1913
Tyler & Baker Coal Mine   Tyler & Baker   1913 - 1915
[Source - No. 1]
1898 Annual Coal Report7 - New Mines - Johnson County
The New Burnside Coal Company has opened a slope one mile north of New Burnside on the Big-Four Railroad, close to the old Bald Knob mine, which was abandoned several years ago.
Annual Coal Reports7, 8, 9 - Mines
New Burnside Coal Company; New Burnside - Slope mine at a depth of 30 feet with an average coal seam of 3.8 feet in thickness.

Ward Coal Mines
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Ward Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Johnson County - New Burnside
Mine Name Operated By Years
Ward Coal Mine   Phillip M. Ward   1922 - 1924
[Source - No. 1]
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Ward Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Johnson County - New Burnside
An Underground Mine.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Ward Coal Mine   P. M. Ward   1933
[Source - No. 1]

Watkins Coal Mines
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Watkins Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Johnson County - Tunnel Hill
Mine Name Operated By Years
Watkins Coal Mine   J. M. Watkins   1889 - 1890
[Source - No. 1]
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Watkins Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Johnson County - Tunnel Hill
Mine Name Operated By Years
Watkins Coal Mine   D. J. Watkins   1889 - 1890
[Source - No. 1]

Watson Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Johnson County - New Burnside
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 30 feet with an average coal seam of 3½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Ward & Watson Coal Mine   Ward & Watson   1914 - 1916
Watson Coal Mine   P. M. Watson   1916 - 1917
[Source - No. 1]

Western Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Johnson County - Township 11 South, 3 East, Section 32
A Surface (Strip) Mine.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Western Coal Mine   Western Mining, Inc.   1975
[Source - No. 1, Index # 937]

Wilson Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Johnson County - Creal Springs
Mine Name Operated By Years
Wilson Coal Mine   Arthur Wilson   1929
[Source - No. 1]

Johnson County, Illinois
Coal Mine Fatalities
DALY
November 26, 18894, Alvin Daly, of New Burnside, a miner 36 years of age, working at the Dupont mine, New Burnside, was killed by a fall of slate. He was married, and left a widow and one child.
 
DIXON
February 23, 18873, James Frank Dixon, age 37 years, married, was killed by falling coal in John Dupont's Union Mine at New Burnside, Johnson County. He leaves a widow and three children.
 

Johnson County, Illinois
Non-Fatal Casualties

July 1, 1923 - June 30, 1924 & July 1, 1925 - December 31, 1925
RUSSELL, W. age 45 years, Married, with 4 children; 5 dependents of Goreville
27 Dec 1924 - Back injured, lifting car- Not retirned to work
 

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

2 History of Johnson County, Illinois, with maps and Illustrations;
                by Mrs. P. T. Chapman, ©1925; Press of The Herrin News, 1925

3 Statistics of Coal in Illinois, 1887
                A Supplemental Report of the State Bureau of Labor Statistics
                Springfield, ILL.; H. W. Rokker, State Printer and Binder, 1887

4 Sixth Biennial Report of the Bureau of Labor Statistics of Illinois, 1890
                Springfield, ILL.; H. W. Rokker, State Printer and Binder, 1891

5 Fifteenth Annual Report of the State Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1896
                Springfield, ILL; Phillips Bros. State Printers, 1897

6 Sixteenth Annual Report of the State Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1897
                Coal in Illinois;    Springfield, ILL; Phillips Bros. State Printers, 1898

7 Seventeenth Annual Report of the State Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1898
                Coal in Illinois;    Springfield, ILL; Phillips Bros. State Printers, 1899

8 Eighteenth Annual Report Prepared by the Illinois Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1899
                Springfield, ILL; Phillips Bros. State Printers, 1899

9 Nineteenth Annual Coal Report of the Illinois Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1900,
                also the Second Annual Report of the Illinois Free Employment Offices, for the Year Ended
                October 1, 1900, David Ross, Secretary; Springfield, -- Springfield, ILL.; Phillips Bros., State Printers, 1901

10 Twentieth Annual Coal Report of the Illinois Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1901,
                also the Third Annual Report of the Illinois Free Employment Offices, for the Year Ended
                October 1, 1901, David Ross, Secretary; Springfield, -- Springfield, ILL.; Phillips Bros., State Printers, 1902


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