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Pope County, Illinois
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      Pope County is a county located in the southern part of the State of Illinois.
            37.41° N, 88.57° W
As of 2000, the population was 4,413 and in 2010 the population was 4,470.
It is the smallest county in Illinois by population.
 
The county seat is Golconda.
      Pope County was organized in 1816 from portions of Gallatin County and Johnson County and was named for Nathaniel Pope, who was a Secretary of the Illinois Territory.
 
      Pope County has thirteen political divisions (? precincts / townships ?):
            Alexander, Columbus, Eddyville, Golconda, Grand Pier, Jackson, Jefferson, Logan, Monroe, Polk, Union, Washington, Webster
 
      Some of the Cities, Villages and communities are :
            Brownfield, Eddyville, Golconda, Hamletsburg, Herod, Lusk's Ferry, Rosebud, Temple Hill
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Reference Sources

A bit of Pope County, Illinois Coal Mining History
Extract from Pope County Notes, 19492

      Coal findings have been of little importance. In a few places, out-croppings were found and some mines opened. Apparently there have been no tipple mines. Most of the operators sold the coal to those who came for it in wagons.
 
      Perhaps the most extensive coal mine of the county was one operated by Frank Durfee, near Blanchard. This mine supplied some householders, along with schools and churches. The coal came from an outcropping on a hillside. Durfee's mine also supplied some coal to the company engaged in construction of the new railway known as the Edgewood Cut-Off. So far as can be learned, no coal mines were operating in the county in 1946.

Pope County, Illinois
Coal Mines

Durfee Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Pope County - Township 11 South, 5 East, Section 2
A Drift Mine.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Durfee Coal Mine   Frank Durfee   Unknown
[Source - No. 1, Index # 4217]

E. & L. Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Pope County - Township 11 South, 5 East, Section 6, S½ NE
A Surface (Strip) Mine at a depth of 10 feet to 20 feet with an average coal seam of 3 feet to 3½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
E. & L. Coal Mine   E. & L. Coal Company   1970 - 1972
[Source - No. 1, Index # 914]
The last production was reported in December 1972.

Farway Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Pope County - Township 11 South, 6 East, Section 16
A Drift Mine.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Farway Coal Mine   Farway   Unknown
[Source - No. 1, Index # 4623]

Mt. Zion Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Pope County - Township 13 South, 5 East, Section 12, NW SE SW
A Surface (Strip) Mine at a depth of 20 feet to 40 feet with an average coal seam of 3¼ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Albrecht Coal Mine   Albrecht Excavating Company   1969
Mt. Zion Coal Mine   Mt. Zion Mining Corporation   1970
[Source - No. 1, Index # 913]
The Coal Report listed the mine as newly opened in December 1969.
The last production was reported in November 1970.

Rock Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Pope County - Township 13 South, 5 East, Section 12, SE SW
A Surface (Strip) Mine at a depth of 12 feet to 35 feet with an average coal seam of 2½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Rock Coal Mine   Bill V. Martin Mining Corporation   1978
[Source - No. 1, Index # 984]
The last production was reported in November 1978.

Shawnee Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Pope County - Township 12 South, 6 East, Section 6, SW SE SE
A Surface (Strip) Mine.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Shawnee Coal Mine   Western Mining, Incorporated   1974 - 1975
[Source - No. 1, Index # 936]
The mine was a test pit at an old mine site, considered for re-opening. The mine that formerly operated at that site is unknown, but was cited as an "old mine" in 1967 field work.
The last production was reported in 1975.

Sistler Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Pope County - Township 13 South, 5 East, Section 12, SW NE SW
An Underground Mine with an average coal seam of 2.8 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Sisner Coal Mine   Sam Sisner   1931 - 1933
Bowman Coal Mine   A. L. Bowman Coal Company   1934
Morse Coal Mine   Huey Morse   1935
Sistler Coal Mine   Samuel Sistler & Son   1936 - 1938
[Source - No. 1, Index # 776]
The last production was reported in 1938

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

2 Pope County Notes; by John W. Allen
                (Printed by authority of the State of Illinois) State of Illinois 1949


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