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Saline County, Illinois
Featuring Coal Mining
Saline County Statistics Coal Mine History Sources (footnotes)
Coal Mines A - I                 Coal Mines R - Z
Fatalities A - J Fatalities K - Q Fatalities R - Z
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Coal Mines J - P

J & W Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County -
      Pit ~~ Township 10 South, Range 7 East, Section 11, SW & NW
      Pit ~~ Township 10 South, Range 7 East, Section 12, SW
      Pit ~~ Township 10 South, Range 7 East, Section 23, NW & NE
      Pit ~~ Township 10 South, Range 7 East, Section 24, NW
A Strip (Surface) Mine.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Egyptian Coal Mine No. 1   Egyptian Coal Company   1957 - 1958
K & W Coal Mine No. 1   K. & W. Coal Company   1958
J & W Coal Mine No. 1   J. & W. Coal Company   1959 - 1965
The last production reported was in January 1966.
[Source - No. 22 Index #3330]

Jader Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County - Township 10 South, Range 6 East, Section 10, SE
A Strip (Surface) Mine at a depth of 30 feet to 50 feet with an average coal seam of 3 feet to 4½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Jader Coal Mine No. 1   Jader Fuel Company, Inc.   1971 - 1981
The last production reported was in September 1981.
[Source - No. 22 Index #931]

Johnson Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County - Township 9 South, Range 5 East, Section 34, NW NW NW
A Strip (Surface) Mine at a depth of 25 feet with an average coal seam of 4½ feet to 5 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Johnson Coal Mine No. 1   Johnson Coal Company   1948 - 1949
The last production reported was in December 1949.
[Source - No. 22 Index #4581]

Johnson & Kesner Coal Mine
Johnson & Kesner, 1918 - 1919 -- Saline County - Stonefort [Source - Nos. 19, 22]

Karns Coal Mine
E. D. Karns, 1923 - 1924 -- Saline County - Equality -- An Underground Mine. [Source - No. 22]

Kelly Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County - Township 9 South, Range 7 East, Section 23, SW SW
An Underground Slope Mine.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Ford Coal Mine No. 2   John Ford   1936 - 1937
Idle       1937
Kelly Coal Mine   Jack Kelly   1938
The last production reported was in 1938.
[Source - No. 22 Index #3310]

Kingston Coal Mine
Ben Kingston, 1928 -- Saline County - Equality [Source - No. 22]

Knickerbocker Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County - Township 9 South, Range 5 East, Section 32, SE NE SE
An Underground Slope Mine at a depth of 73 feet with an average coal seam of 4.67 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
McNew Coal Mine   C. C. & Claude McNew   1939
McNew Coal Mine   C. C. McNew   1940
Idle       1941 - 1945
Ingram Coal Mine   Ingram Coal Company   1946 - 1948
Knickerbocker Coal Mine No. 1   Knickerbocker Coal Company   1949 - 1952
The last production reported was in February 1952.
[Source - No. 22 Index #3264]

Lands Coal Mines
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Lands Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County - Township 9 South, Range 6 East, Section 23, SE NE SE
The location given is unclear and contradictory; the mine may have been in the S ½ SE, or another section.
An Underground Drift Mine.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Sand Coal Mine   Oscar Sand   1927 - 1928
Sands Coal Mine   John Sands   1929
Lands Coal Mine No. 1   Oscar Lands   1930 - 1936
Karnes Coal Mine   William Karnes   1937
Lands Coal Mine No. 1   Oscar Lands   1938
Wilson & Lane Coal Mine   Wilson & Lane   1939
Lands Coal Mine No. 3   Ray Lands   1940
The last production reported was in 1940.
[Source - No. 22 Index #3279]
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Lands Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County - Equality
An Underground Mine.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Lands Coal Mine   James Lands   1934 - 1935
[Source - No. 22]

Lanham Coal Mines
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Lanham Coal Mine No. 1
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County - Township 9 South, Range 5 East, Section 34, NE SE NW
An Underground Slope Mine at a depth of 107 feet with an average coal seam of 4.67 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Carrier Mills Coal Mine   Carrier Mills Coal Company   1936 - 1941
Idle       1942 - 1947
B & W Coal Mine No. 2   B. & W. Coal Company   1948 - 1949
Lanham Coal Mine No. 1   Lanham Coal Company   1949 - 1953
The last production reported was in November 1953.
[Source - No. 22 Index #3270]
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Lanham Coal Mine No. 2
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County - Township 9 South, Range 7 East, Section 1, SW SW NW
An Underground Slope Mine.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Ingram Coal Mine   Ingram Coal Company   1949
Lanham Coal Mine No. 2   Lanham Coal Company   1950
The last production reported was in November 1950.
[Source - No. 22 Index #4702]

Lanthrop Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County - Township 9 South, Range 4 East, Section 23, SE SE SW
A Mine with an average coal seam of 5.33 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Lanthrop Coal Mine   Lanthrop Coal Bank   prior to 1925
[Source - No. 22 Index #4099]

Ledford Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County - Harrisburg
An Underground Slope Mine at a depth of 10 feet to 60 feet with a coal seam of 4 feet to 4¾ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Ledford Coal Mine   C. O. Godfrey   prior to 1881 - 1882
Ledford Coal Mine   Illinois Iron & Coal Company   1882 - 1883
Ledford Coal Mine   C. O. Godfrey   1883 - 1884
Ledford Coal Mine   Illinois Iron & Coal Company   1884 - 1885
[Source - Nos. 22, 23, 24]

Lewis Brothers Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County - Township 9 South, Range 5 East, Section 29
Mine Name Operated By Years
Lewis Brothers Coal Mine No. 7   Lewis Brothers Coal Company   Unknown
[Source - No. 22 Index #3262]

Liberty Coal Mines
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Liberty Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County - Township 9 South, Range 6 East, Section 29, NE NW NW
An Underground Slope Mine.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Brown Coal Mine   R. D. Brown   1927 - 1928
Gabriel Coal Mine   Gabriel Coal Company   1929
Hart Coal Mine   Hart Coal Company   1930 - 1931
Liberty Coal Mine   Liberty Coal Company   1932 - 1936
Van Meter Coal Mine   Willard Van Meter   1937
Liberty Coal Mine   Liberty Coal Company   1939
Liberty Coal Mine   Liberty Coal Company
Operated by Van Meter Brothers
  1940
The last production reported was in 1940.
[Source - No. 22 Index #3288]
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Liberty Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County -
      Township 9 South, Range 6 East, Section 29, NE NE
&   Township 9 South, Range 6 East, Section 20, SE
A Strip (Surface) Mine at a depth of 45 feet with an average coal seam of 4½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Chamness Coal Mine No. 1   Chamness Drainage Company   1963
Liberty Coal Mine   Liberty Coal Company   1963
The last production reported was in 1963.
[Source - No. 22 Index #3276]
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Liberty Coal Mine No. 2
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County - Township 9 South, Range 5 East, Section 8
A Strip (Surface) Mine.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Storme Coal Mine No. 1   Storme Mining Company   1964
Liberty Coal Mine No. 2   Liberty Coal Company   1964
[Source - No. 22 Index #4700]
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Liberty Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County - Township 8 South, Range 5 East, Section 32, NE SE NW
An Underground Slope Mine at a depth of 362 feet with an average coal seam of 4 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Liberty Coal Mine   Nubay Mining, LLC.   2002 - 2006
The last production reported was in 2006.
[Source - No. 22 Index #1029]

Littlefield Coal Mine
J. G. Littlefield, 1934 - 1936 -- Saline County - Equality -- An Underground Mine. [Source - No. 22]

Lloyd Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County - Eldorado
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 40 feet with a coal seam of 3½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Evans & Lloyd Coal Mine   Evans & Lloyd   1901 - 1903
Loyd Coal Mine   J. R. Loyd   1903 - 1904
[Source - Nos. 3, 4, 5, 22]
1903 Annual Coal Report4 lists this as Loyd & Evans

Lone Star Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County - Township 9 South, Range 5 East, Section 34, SE NE SE
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 47 feet with an average coal seam of 5 feet to 5¼ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Tanner, Barkus & Company Coal Mine   Tanner, Barkus & Company   1912 - 1913
Lone Star Coal Mine   Lone Star Coal Company   1913 - 1920
Carrier Mills Coal Mine   Carrier Mills Coal Company   1920 - 1922
Slayden Coal Mine   J. O. Slayden   1922 - 1924
Lone Star Coal Mine   Lone Star Coal Company   1924 - 1925
Render Coal Mine   J. Render & Render Kelly   1925
Lone Star Coal Mine   Lone Star Coal Company   1926 - 1937
The last production reported was in 1937.
[Source - Nos. 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22 Index #3268]
1913 Annual Coal Report13 -- New Mines -- Tanner, Barkus & Co., Carriers Mills, Saline County.

Macke Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County - Ledford
An Underground Drift Mine at a depth of 25 feet to 27 feet with a coal seam of 4 feet to 4.67 feet in thickness..
Mine Name Operated By Years
Southard & Lynch Coal Mine   Southard & Lynch   1910 - 1912
Macke Coal Mine   Macke Coal Company   1912 - 1914
[Source - Nos. 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 22]
1915 Annual Coal Report15 -- Abandoned Mines. The following mine has not been in operation this year: Macke Coal Company

Mary Ann Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County - Township 9 South, Range 7 East, Section 23, SW SW
A Strip (Surface) Mine at a depth of 50 feet to 60 feet with an average coal seam of 4 feet to 5.33 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Mary Ann Coal Mine No. 1   Marshall Equipment Company   1960 - 1965
The last production reported was in September 1965.
[Source - No. 22 Index #3307]

McAnnally Coal Mine
Oscar McAnnally, 1927 - 1929 -- Saline County - Equality -- An Underground Mine. [Source - No. 22]

McDonald Coal Mines
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Finley McDonald Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County - Ledford
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 150 feet with a cola seam of 5 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
McDonald Coal Mine   Finley McDonald   1910 - 1911
[Source - Nos. 11, 22]
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McDonald Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County - Harrisburg
An Underground Mine.
Mine Name Operated By Years
McDonald Coal Mine   McDonald Coal Company   1935 - 1936
[Source - No. 22]

McDowell Coal Mine
McDowell Brothers, 1934 - 1935 -- Saline County - Harrisburg -- An Underground Mine. [Source - No. 22]

McNew Coal Mines
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McNew Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County - Township 10 South, Range 5 East, Section 21, SE NW NW
An Underground Slope Mine.
Mine Name Operated By Years
McNew Coal Mine No. 2   C. C. McNew & Son   1934 - 1941
Idle in 1940
McNew Coal Mine   C. C. & Claude McNew   1942
McNew Coal Mine   C. C. McNew & Sons Coal Company   1943 - 1944
The last production reported was in 1944.
[Source - No. 22 Index #3318]
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McNew Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County - Township 10 South, Range 5 East, Section 21
Mine Name Operated By Years
McNew Coal Mine   McNew Coal Company   1945 - ?
[Source - No. 22 Index #4741]

Melton Coal Mine
Roy Melton, 1941 -- Saline County - Carrier Mills -- An Underground Mine. [Source - No. 22]

Miller Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County - Township 9 South, Range 7 East, Section 23, SE SE SE
An Underground Slope Mine.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Miller Coal Mine   Miller Coal Company   1935 - 1940
[Source - No. 22 Index #3304]

Millspaugh & Moore Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County - Township 10 South, Range 7 East, Section 13, SW SE SW
An Underground Slope Mine at a depth of 65 feet with an average coal seam of 5 feet in thickness..
Mine Name Operated By Years
Millspaugh & Henshaw Coal Mine   Millspaugh & Henshaw Coal Company   1954 - 1955
Millspaugh & Moore Coal Mine   Millspaugh & Moore Coal Company   1956
The last production reported was in December 1956.
[Source - No. 22 Index #4598]

Mitchell Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County - Derby
An Underground Drift Mine at a depth of 30 feet with a coal seam of 4 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Mitchell Coal Mine   J. C. Mitchell   1908 - 1909
[Source - Nos. 9, 22]

Minro Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County - Stonefort
An Underground Slope Mine at a depth of 13 feet to 21 feet with an average coal seam of 4.83 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Minro Coal Mine   John A. Moody   1895 - 1896
Monro Coal Mine   J. B. Blackman   1898 - 1899
Minro Coal Mine   John A. Moody   1899 - 1900
[Source - No. 1, 22, 71, 72, 77, 78]

Moore Coal Mines
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Moore Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County - Equality
An Underground Drift Mine at a depth of 10 feet to 80 feet with a coal seam of 4 feet to 4½ in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Moore Coal Mine   S. J. Moore   1903 - 1910
Moore & Robinson Coal Mine   Moore & Robinson   1910 - 1911
Moore Coal Mine   S. J. Moore   1911 - 1920
[Source - Nos. 5, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 22, 79 ]
1904 Annual Coal Report5 lists this as a Slope Mine with a Post Office address of Cottage Grove
1909 Annual Coal Report9 shows the name as S. T. Moore
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Moore Coal Mine No. 2
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County - Harrisburg
An Underground Mine.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Moore Coal Mine No. 2   Silas Moore   1934
[Source - No. 22 ]
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Moore Coal Mine No. 3
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County - Township 9 South, Range 7 East, Section 23, SE SE NE
An Underground Slope Mine at a depth of 16 feet with an average coal seam thickness of 4½ feet.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Moore Coal Mine No. 3   Silas B. Moore   1928 - 1940
The last production reported was in 1940.
[Source - No. 22 Index #3308]
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Moore Coal Mine No. 4
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County - Township 9 South, Range 7 East, Section 14, NW SE SE
An Underground Slope Mine at a depth of 43 feet with an average coal seam thickness of 4½ feet.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Moore Coal Mine No. 4   Silas B. Moore   1935 - 1940
The last production reported was in 1940.
[Source - No. 22 Index #3301]

Moore & Baker Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County - Derby
An Underground Drift Mine at a depth of 24 feet to 30 feet with a coal seam of 4 feet to 4¼ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Bybee Coal Mine   D. P. Bybee   1899 - 1902
Shelton Coal Mine   Gill Shelton   1902 - 1903
Bybee Coal Mine   D. P. Bybee   1903 - 1906
Moore & Baker Coal Mine   Moore & Baker   1906 - 1907
[Source - Nos. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 22, 72]
19012 & 19066 Annual Coal Reports list the Post Office address as Mitchellsville.
1904 Annual Coal Report5 lists this as a Slope Mine Mine with a Post Office address of Harrisburg.
1907 Annual Coal Report7 list Moore & Baker with a Post Office address of Ledford.

Moore & McDonald Coal Mines
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Moore & McDonald Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County - Carrier Mills
An Underground Slope Mine at a depth of 30 feet to 80 feet with an average coal seam of 3.67 feet to 4 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Moore & McDonald Coal Mine   Moore & McDonald   1910 - 1912
[Source - Nos. 11, 12, 13, 22]
1913 Annual Coal Report13 -- Abandoned Mines -- Moore & McDonald, Carriers Mills, Saline County.
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Moore & McDonald Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County - Carrier Mills
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 47 feet with an average coal seam of 5½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Moore & McDonald Coal Mine   Moore & McDonald   1914 - 1915
[Source - Nos. 15, 16, 22]
1915 Annual Coal Report15 -- New and Prospective Mines. The following are the new or reopened mines:
Moore & McDonald, Carriers Mills, Saline County.
 
1916 Annual Coal Report16 -- Closed and Abandoned Mines. -- Moore and McDonald, Carriers Mills, Saline County.

More Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County - Cottage Grove
An Underground Drift Mine at a depth of 30 feet with a coal seam of 4 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
More Coal Mine   Simon More   1900 - 1901
[Source - Nos. 2, 22]

Mosman Coal Mines[Source - No. 22]
Mine No. 1 -- Fred Mosman Coal Company, 1934 - 1935 -- Saline County - Carrier Mills -- An Underground Mine.
Mine No. 2 -- Fred Mosman Coal Company, 1934 - 1935 -- Saline County - Carrier Mills -- An Underground Mine.

New Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County - Township 9 South, Range 6 East, Section 27, NW SW SW
An Underground Slope Mine at a depth of 50 feet to 75 feet with an average coal seam of 6 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
New Coal Mine   New Coal Company   1943 - 1947
The last production reported was in August 1947.
[Source - No. 22 Index #3283]

Newcastle Coal Mines
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Newcastle Coal Mine
Known locally as Craphat Coal Mines
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County - Stonefort
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 40 feet with a coal seam of 3¼ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Newcastle Coal Mine   Mason, Allsopp & Company
Mason Allen
  1883 - 1885
Newcastle Coal Mine   Newcastle Coal Company   1885 - 1886
Closed1887
New Castle Coal Mine   Allsopp & Company   1888 - 1891
New Castle Coal Mine   Davenport & Company   1891 - 1893
New Castle Coal Mine   Davenport & Allsopp   1893 - 1895
Unknown       may have operated until 1906 or 1907
[Source - Nos. 22, 23]
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Newcastle Coal Mine No. 2
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County - Township 10 South, Range 5 East, Section 20, SW NE NE
A Strip (surface) Mine at a depth of 30 feet to 50 feet with an average coal seam thickness of 2.83 feet to 3.33 feet.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Newcastle Coal Mine No. 2   Saxon Coal Corporation   1954 - 1956
The last production reported was in August 1956.
[Source - No. 22 Index #698]

New Future Portal Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County - Township 8 South, Range 5 East, Section 15, SW NW NE
An Underground Slope Mine.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Millennium Portal Coal Mine   American Coal Company   2000 - 2005
New Future Portal Coal Mine   American Coal Company   2006 - ?
[Source - No. 22 Index #1032]

New Gallatin Coal Mines
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New Gallatin Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County - Township 9 South, Range 6 East, Section 32
A Strip (Surface) Mine.
Mine Name Operated By Years
New Gallatin Coal Mine   New Gallatin Coal Company   Circa 1957
[Source - No. 22 Index #4719]
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New Gallatin Coal Mine No. 1
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County - Township 9 South, Range 5 East, Section 4, NW NE
A Strip (Surface) Mine at a depth of 60 feet with an average coal seam of 5 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
New Gallatin Coal Mine No. 1   New Gallatin Coal Company   1964 - 1965
The last production reported was in December 1965.
[Source - No. 22 Index #3258]
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New Gallatin Coal Mine No. 2
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County - Township 9 South, Range 5 East, Section 8, SW SW NE
An Underground Drift Mine at a depth of 70 feet with an average coal seam of 5¼ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
New Gallatin Coal Mine No. 2   New Gallatin Coal Company   1964 - 1965
The last production reported was in December 1965.
[Source - No. 22 Index #3259]
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New Gallatin Coal Mine No. 4
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County - Township 9 South, Range 7 East, Section 23, NW NE SW
An Underground Drift Mine.
Mine Name Operated By Years
New Gallatin Coal Mine No. 4   New Gallatin Coal Company   1966
The last production reported was in May 1966.
[Source - No. 22 Index #4734]

New Oak Hill Coal Mines
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New Oak Hill Coal Mine No. 3
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County - Township 9 South, Range 6 East, Section 31, SE SW SE
A Strip (Surface) Mine at a depth of 25 feet to 33 feet with an average coal seam of 4.33 feet to 6 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
New Oak Hill Coal Mine No. 3   New Oak Hill Coal Company   1956 - 1958
The last production reported was in August 1958.
[Source - No. 22 Index #3289]
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New Oak Hill Coal Mine No. 4
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County - Township 9 South, Range 6 East, Section 26, SW SE NE
A Strip (Surface) Mine at a depth of 30 feet to 45 feet with an average coal seam of 4½ feet to 5 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
New Oak Hill Coal Mine No. 4   New Oak Hill Coal Company   1958 - 1963
The last production reported was in November 1963.
[Source - No. 22 Index #3280]
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New Oak Hill Coal Mine No. 5
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County - Harrisburg
A Strip (Surface) Mine at a depth of 25 feet with an average coal seam of 5 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
New Oak Hill Coal Mine No. 5   New Oak Hill Coal Company   1960
[Source - No. 22]
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New Oak Hill Coal Mine No. 6
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County - Township 9 South, Range 5 East, Section 31, SE
A Strip (Surface) Mine at a depth of 45 feet with an average coal seam of 4.67 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
New Oak Hill Coal Mine No. 6   New Oak Hill Coal Company   1963
New Oak Hill Coal Mine No. 6   New Gallatin Coal Company   1964
The last production reported was in June 1964.
[Source - No. 22 Index #3314]

Norman Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County - Township 9 South, Range 6 East, Section 27
An Underground Drift Mine.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Norman Coal Mine   John Norman   1856 -
[Source - No. 22 Index #4717]
Coal Mines in Saline County70
      The first coal mine opened in the county was one mile south of Harrisburg. It was opened by John Riben Norman who owned the farm upon which the mine was located. The farm, and the mine, were located at the north end of the present community of Pankeyville.
      From recollections of members of the Norman family, it appears this drift mine was opened as early as 1856.

Nutty Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County - Township 9 South, Range 6 East, Section 31, S ½ NW
A Strip (Surface) Mine.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Nutty Coal Mine   Robert Franklin Nutty Coal Company   1956
The last production reported was in 1956.
[Source - No. 22 Index #4187]

O'Gara Coal Mines
Coal Mines in Saline County70
      The year 1905 was an important one in the Saline County coal industry. The O'Gara Coal Company was organized with a capitalization of six million dollars. Thomas J. O'Gara was president, Thomas J. Jones, treasurer, and W. A. Brewerton, was secretary. The company purchased many mines in the county, and became the largest producer of coal in this part of the State. At that time, the county was producing annually approximately four hundred twenty five thousand tons of coal with an underground employment of slightly over four hundred miners. By the end of 1906, the O'Gara company had purchased most of the shipping mines in the county. At that time, there were fifteen shipping mines and seven local mines. Approximately one thousand miners were employed, and they produced half a million tons of coal annually.
      The year 1906 saw the O'Gara company gain a virtual monopoly of the deep shaft mines in the county. Almost without exception, they stretched along side the Big Four Railroad tracks in the county. The Eldorado Coal Co. had been formed prior to that time, and had sunk two mines in and at the edge of the City of Eldorado. The O'Gara company purchased both these mines on October 15, 1906, and renamed them O'Gara No. 10 mine, and O'Gara No. 11 mine.
      In this same period, another company, the Harrisburg Big Muddy Coal Co., was organized. The principal owner was T. J. Patterson. A mine was sunk on the railroad in Muddy. The shaft was sunk through a fault, and Patterson thought he had reached the No. 5 vein, when he really had penetrated the No. 7 vein. The O'Gara company purchased this mine on July 1, 1906, and designated it as its No. 12 mine.
      The Carrier Mills Coal Co. had sunk a mine in the Thompson community, near Carrier Mills, and on May 22, 1906, sold this property to the O'Gara company. It was designated as the No. 13 mine, although it had been purchased before the No. 12 mine. The interesting thought arises from this transaction that Thomas J. O'Gara bore an Irish name, and probably was somewhat superstitious, inasmuch as the No. 13 mine was shut down immediately on purchase, and never was operated thereafter.
      The Ledford Coal Co. had sunk a deep shaft mine to the No. 5 vein of coal in 1905 a short distance north of the village of Ledford. The O'Gara company purchased this property on July 12, 1906, and designated it as its No. 14 mine.
      At the same time when sinking the "Green Gravel" mine, J. J. Morris, together with Joe Coslett, Alex Morris, Dan Dewar, and Charles V. Parker sunk a deep shaft mine north of Carrier Mills. This mine was sold to the O'Gara company on April 15, 1906, and was designated the No. 15 mine. These purchases rounded out the acquisition program of the O'Gara company.
 
      1906 Annual Coal Report6 -- Changes in the Names of Companies.
The Diamond Coal Co., Harrisburg, has changed its name to the O'Gara Coal Co. No. 1
The Egyptian Coal Co. No. 1 has changed to the O'Gara Coal Co. No. 2.
The Egyptian Coal Co. No. 2 has changed its name to the O'Gara Coal Co. No. 3.
The Harrisburg Mining Coal Co. is changed to O'Gara Coal Co. No. 4.
The Clifton Coal Co., Ledford, has changed to O'Gara No. 5.
The Gas Coal Co., Harrisburg, has changed to the O'Gara Coal Co. No. 6.
The Morris Coal Co., Carrier Mills, is known as O'Gara Coal Co. No. 7.
The Eldorado Coal & Coke Co., Eldorado, is now known as O'Gara Coal Co., mine No. 8.
The Eldorado Coal Co., Eldorado, is changed to O'Gara Coal Co. No. 9.
The Harrisburg Big Muddy Coal Co. is changed to O'Gara No. 10.
 
      1906 Annual Coal Report6 -- Improvements
The O'Gara Coal Co., at Harrisburg, has changed its No. 2, 3 and 4 mines from hand to machine mines, and has introduced the Morgan-Gardner electric machines. The electric plant is located at the No. 3 shaft. The cable is on top of the ground to numbers 2 and 4 shafts, so that the one electric plant does the work for the three shafts. Two Erie automatic dynamo engines have been installed at No. 3 mine. These are 19 by 18 inches, making 210 revolutions per minute, and will develop at this speed about 240 H. P. They are belt connected to two 150 K. W., 250 volts, Morgan-Gardner generators. These machines do good work in this coal, each machine getting out from 150 to 200 tons a day.
 
1909 Annual Coal Report9 -- Mines Closed Down Temporarily.
      The O'Gara Coal Company of Saline county has had its No. 5, 6 and 12 mines closed down the past year owing to the increased tonnage at the other mines. All of those mines are kept up and can be operated on short notice.
 
1912 Annual Coal Report12 -- Change in Name.
      The Harrisburg Big Muddy Coal Company No. 12 and No. 14, also Harrisburg, Saline County Coal Co., No. 15, have changed to O'Gara Coal Co., Nos. 12, 14 and 15.
 
1912 Annual Coal Report12 -- Improvements.
      The O'Gara Coal Company has added the following equipment:
Mine No. 1, one 6-ton electric motor.
Mine No. 3, one new boiler, 150 H. P., 6 feet diameter and 72 feet 4-inch flues.
Mine No. 7, one 6-ton electric motor.
Mine No. 8, new shaker screens.
Mine No. 9, one 15-ton electric motor.
Mine No. 11, one 6-ton electric motor and a new boiler, 150 H. P., 6 feet diameter, 18 feet long, with 72 feet 4-inch flues.
Mine No. 12, one 6-ton electric motor.
Mine No. 14, new shaker screens and fan.
Mine No. 15, installed steam car lift at bottom of the shaft, one 6-ton electric motor and one hundred new mine cars.
 
1914 Annual Coal Report14 -- Improvements
      The O'Gara Coal Company, Harrisburg, Saline County, has made the following improvements, in addition to the usual extension of partings and necessary repairs:
Mine No. 1. -- A new fan engine has been installed, new overcast built and air courses changed, which has resulted in doubling the ventilation of this mine. Fifty new pit cars have also been added to the present equipment.
Mine No. 2. -- A new fanhouse has been built and a motor, direct connected to the fan, put in. In supply yards, two new hay barns are completed, with a capacity of 800 tons, which enables the company to carry a year's supply of hay.
Mine No. 3. -- The tipple was strengthened and covered with corrugated iron. A new boiler coal conveyor has been installed to convey screenings to the power plant, which furnishes the power to mines No. 3 and No. 4, and to the central machine-shop.
Mine No. 4. -- A new 60-foot stack has been added in place of the 30-foot stack.
Mine No. 8. -- A car haul has been installed below, making it possible to develop new territory formerly cut out by faults.
Mine No. 9. -- Additions to the power plant include a new 150 H. P. boiler with setting and a 60-foot stack. A new 24x30 feet blacksmith shop has replaced one of smaller dimensions.
Mine No. 10. -- The old track scale has been replaced by a new one with a concrete pit and steel "I" beams.
Mine No. 11. -- The following equipment is on the ground and will be installed at an early date: One 150 H. P. boiler, 1250 H. P. generator and engine; 1 150 K. W. 250 volt D. C. generator; 1 6½ tons electric locomotive.
Mine No. 12. -- Tipple has been strengthened and re-ironed and a new boiler-coal conveyor added between the tipple and the boiler-house.
 
1915 Annual Coal Report15 -- Abandoned Mines. The following mines have not been in operation this year:
O'Gara Coal Company's Nos. 3, 7 and 11 mines have not been in operation.
 
1916 Annual Coal Report16 -- New & Reopened Mines -- O'Gara Coal Co., Nos. 3 and 11, Harrisburg, Saline County.
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O'Gara Coal Mine No. 1 (1905-1932) became Sahara Coal Mine No. 1 in 1933.
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O'Gara Coal Mine No. 2
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County - Township 9 South, Range 6 East, Section 15, SW SW NE
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 150 feet to 245 feet with an average coal seam of 5½ feet to 7 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Pennsylvania Coal Mine   New Coal Company
Charles G. New
  1902 - 1903
Egyptian Coal Mine No. 1   Egyptian Coal & Coke Company   1903 - 1905
Idle       1905
O'Gara Coal Mine No. 2   O'Gara Coal Company   1905 - 1909
The last production reported was in 1909.
[Source - Nos. 4, 5, 6, 22 Index #3275]
O'Gara Coal Mine No. 2 was connected underground to O'Gara Coal Mine No. 3
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O'Gara Coal Mine No. 3 (1906-1932) became Sahara Coal Mine No. 3 in 1933.
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O'Gara Coal Mine No. 4
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County - Township 9 South, Range 6 East, Section 22, NE NW NW
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 213 feet with an average coal seam of 4¾ feet to 8 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Harrisburg Coal Mine
Poppycat Coal Mine
  Harrisburg Mining & Coal Company   1896 - 1898
Harrisburg Coal Mine No. 1   Harrisburg Coal Company   1898 - 1903
Ingram Coal Mine   Jobe S. Ingram   1903 - 1905
O'Gara Coal Mine No. 4   O'Gara Coal Company   1905 - 1918
The last production reported was in June 1918.
One death was caused by a gas explosion.
[Source - Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 22 Index #330, 71, 72, 78]
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O'Gara Coal Mine No. 5
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County - Township 9 South, Range 6 East, Section 31, SE NE NW
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 143 feet with an average coal seam of 6 feet and up to 8 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Clifton Coal Mine   Clifton Coal Company   1901 - 1905
O'Gara Coal Mine No. 5   O'Gara Coal Company   1905 - 1908
The last production reported was in 1908.
[Source - Nos. 3, 4, 5, 6, 22 Index #3291, 79]
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O'Gara Coal Mine No. 6
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County - Township 9 South, Range 6 East, Section 28, NW SW NW
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 119 feet with an average coal seam of 6 feet to 7 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Saline County Coal Mine
Pinhook Coal Mine
  Saline County Coal Company   1901 - 1903
White Ash Coal Mine
Gas Coal Mine No. 1
  Gas Coal Company   1903 - 1905
O'Gara Coal Mine No. 6   O'Gara Coal Company   1905 - 1908
The last production reported was in June 1908.
[Source - Nos. 3, 4, 5, 6, 22 Index #3285, 79]
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O'Gara Coal Mine No. 7 became Heatco Coal Mine in 1921; and Saline Valley Coal Mine in 1923
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O'Gara Coal Mine No. 8
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County - Township 8 South, Range 7 East, Section 21, SE NE SW
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 393 feet to 425 feet with an average coal seam of 3½ feet to 5 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Eldorado Coal & Coke Mine No. 1   Eldorado Coal & Coke Company   1903 - 1905
O'Gara Coal Mine No. 8   O'Gara Coal Company   1905 - 1927
Idle in 1925
The last production reported was in 1927.
[Source - Nos. 5, 6, 18, 22 Index #800, 79]
See also :
      December 9, 1904, Blownout Shot at Eldorado Coal Company, Eldorado, Saline County
      June 29, 1918 Fire at O'Gara Coal Company, No. 8 Mine, Three men died.
      February 14, 1921, Gas explosion in No. 8 mine, O'Gara Coal Company, Three men were killed.
1904 Annual Coal Report5
      The Eldorado Coal & Coke Co., Eldorado. Saline county has opened a mine at that place: the mine is located on the Louisville & Nashville, Illinois Central and Big Four railroads. The mine has first-class equipments; the two engines are each 18 x 34, directly connected to a six-foot drum, each 150 horse power: the boilers are 20 feet by 73 inches, having six-inch riveted flues, and estimated at 150 horse power: Worthington duplex pumps 6 x 4 x 6 are used to feed the boilers.
 
1911 Annual Coal Report11 -- Improvements. --
      The No. 8 mine, Eldorado, burned down February 15, 1911, and operations have been suspended since. A substantial and roomy tipple has replaced the old one.
 
1918 Annual Coal Report18 -- Mine Fires --
      On October 26, 1917, fire was discovered in No. 8 mine (O'Gara Coal Company) and was sealed the same day and reopened November 26.
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O'Gara Coal Mine No. 9
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County - Township 9 South, Range 6 East, Section 21, NW SE SE
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 152 feet with an average coal seam of 5.8 feet to8 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Eldorado Coal Mine   Eldorado Coal Company   1905 - 1906
O'Gara Coal Mine No. 9   O'Gara Coal Company   1906 - 1923
Idle in 1922
The last production reported was in April 1923.
[Source - No. 22 Index #43]
A 1911 gas explosion near the sealed connection to the O'Gara No. 4 Mine resulted in the suffocation of eight men.
      Explosion at O'Gara Coal Company's Mine No. 9
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O'Gara Coal Mine No. 10 (1906-1932) became Sahara Coal Mine No. 10 in 1933.
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O'Gara Coal Mine No. 11
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County - Township 8 South, Range 7 East, Section 20, SE SW SE
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 398 feet with an average coal seam of 4.33 feet to 6.17 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
O'Gara Coal Mine No. 11   O'Gara Coal Company   1906 - 1924
Idle in 1915
The last production reported was in May 1924.
[Source - No. 22 Index #126]
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O'Gara Coal Mine No. 12 (1906-1910, 1911-1914, 1920-1932 ) became Sahara Coal Mine No. 12 in 1933.
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O'Gara Coal Mine No. 13 was purchased on May 22, 1906 and was shut down immediately on purchase, and never was operated thereafter.
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O'Gara Coal Mine No. 14
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County - Township 9 South, Range 6 East, Section 30, SE SE SE
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 137 feet to 150 feet with an average coal seam of 4.67 feet to 8 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
O'Gara Coal Mine No. 14   O'Gara Coal Company   1906 - 1908
Harrisburg-Big Muddy Coal Mine No. 14   Harrisburg-Big Muddy Coal Company   1908 - 1909
O'Gara Coal Mine No. 14   O'Gara Coal Company   1909 - 1910
Harrisburg-Big Muddy Coal Mine No. 14   Harrisburg-Big Muddy Coal Company   1910 - 1911
O'Gara Coal Mine No. 14   O'Gara Coal Company   1911 - 1914
Harrisburg-Big Muddy Coal Mine No. 14   Harrisburg-Big Muddy Coal Company   1914 - 1919
O'Gara Coal Mine No. 14   O'Gara Coal Company   1919 - 1923
Idle in 1922
The last production reported was in February 1923.
[Source - No. 22 Index #128]
1911 Annual Coal Report11 -- Improvements.
      The O'Gara Coal Company has installed a new fan at its No. 14 mine, Ledford, which was built at their own shops. The tipple at this mine was also rebuilt, new casing put in the shaft, the screens overhauled, the boiler house rebuilt, two new boilers installed and a new powder magazine erected.
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O'Gara Coal Mine No. 15
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County - Township 9 South, Range 5 East, Section 35, SE NW NW
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 60 feet with an average coal seam of 4 feet to 5½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
O'Gara Coal Mine No. 15   O'Gara Coal Company   1909 - 1910
Harrisburg-Saline Coal Mine No. 15   Harrisburg-Saline Coal Company   1910 - 1911
O'Gara Coal Mine No. 15   O'Gara Coal Company   1911 - 1914
Harrisburg-Saline Coal Mine No. 15   Harrisburg-Saline Coal Company   1914 - 1919
O'Gara Coal Mine No. 15   O'Gara Coal Company   1919 - 1927
The last production reported was in December 1927.
[Source - No. 22 Index #3273]

Ogden & Stikes Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County - Stonefort
An Underground Drift Mine at a depth of 15 feet with a coal seam of 2.33 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Ogden & Stikes Coal Mine   Ogden & Stikes   1883 - 1884
[Source - No. 24]

Osborn Coal Mines
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Osborn Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County - Equality
An Underground Drift Mine at a depth of 10 feet to 20 feet with a coal seam of 4 feet to 5 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Osborn Coal Mine   Thomas L. Osborn   1908 - 1920
[Source - Nos. 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22]
The 1910 Annual Coal Report10 lists the Post Office address as Eagle.
1914 Annual Coal Report14 -- New Mines -- Thomas E. Osborn, Equality, Saline County.
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Osborn Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County - Equality
An Underground Mine.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Osborn Coal Mine   Thomas Osborn   1934 - 1935
[Source - No. 22]
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Osborn Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County - Township 10 South, Range 7 East, Section 13, SE NE SE
An Underground Drift Mine with a coal seam of 4.67 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Osborn Coal Mine No. 2   Tom Osborn   1938
Osborn Coal Mine No. 2   William Angelly   1939 - 1940
Osborn Coal Mine No. 2   Tom Osborn   1940 - 1952
Idle in 1944 - 1946, 1948, 1949
The last production reported was in February 1952.
[Source - No. 22 Index #131]

Paddock Auger Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County - Township 10 South, Range 6 East, Section 17, NW
A Strip (Surface) Mine at a depth of 70 feet to 75 feet with an average coal seam of 4 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Paddock Auger Coal Mine   Paddock Auger Mining Company   1965
The last production reported was in November 1959.
[Source - No. 22 Index #3326]

Peabody Coal Mines
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Peabody Coal Mine No. 20
Southern Counties Coal Mine No. 20
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County - Township 8 South, Range 7 East, Section 15, NE NW SW
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 400 feet to 465 feet with a coal seam thickness of 4 feet to 5.33 feet.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Eldorado Coal Mine No. 1   Eldorado Coal & Mining Company   1907 - 1916
Dering Coal Mine No. 3   Dering Coal Company   1916 - 1920
Southern Counties Coal Mine No. 20   Southern Counties Coal Company   1920 - 1924
Peabody Coal Mine No. 20   Peabody Coal Company   1927
The last production reported was in February 1924.
A gas explosion in 1913 killed 4 men.
      See : February 19, 1913 Gas Explosion at Eldorado Coal and Mining Company's Mine
[Source - Nos. 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 22 Index #46]
1908 Annual Coal Report8 -- New Mines
      The Eldorado Coal and Mining Company has completed a new mine one mile northeast of Eldorado. The seam of coal is 4½ feet thick and was reached July 2, 1907, at a depth of 450 feet. This is No. 5 seam of the geological section and of good quality. The shaft is 9 feet by 14 feet. The head tower is 75 feet high and is built of 4 by 12 inch yellow pine, securely bolted. There are three tracks under the tipple, and two track scales. The shaker screen is 8 feet by 21 feet, Keck-Gonnerman pattern. The engine room is 40 by 48 feet: a conveyor carries the coal from the screens to the boiler room. A Docker pump feeds the boilers and a National pump is down in the mine, this a 4-inch suction and a 3-inch discharge. There are two Erie Boilers, 6 by 18 feet with 70 4-inch tubes: the engine is 20 by 30 inches. Keck-Gonnerman make. The company has put in a McEwin, 16 by 16 inches, 187 horsepower; Goodman Company generator, 100 kilowatts. The air shaft is 9 by 13 feet, with a Keck-Gonnerman 20-foot fan. The engine room and boiler room are brick, the head frame is covered with galvanized iron. The shaft is located on the Big Four Railroad.
 
1914 Annual Coal Report14 -- Improvements
      The Eldorado Coal & Mining Company, Eldorado, Saline County, has greatly improved the efficiency of its mine and increased its daily tonnage.
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Peabody Coal Mine No. 40
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County - Township 8 South, Range 5 East, Section 31, NW SW NW
An Underground Slope Mine at a depth of 328 feet with an average coal seam thickness of 4.17 feet.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Peabody Coal Mine No. 40   Peabody Coal Company   1950 - 1954
The last production reported was in March 1954.
[Source - No. 22 Index #3353]
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Peabody Coal Mine No. 42 may be the same mine as Saline County Coal Mine No. 2
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Peabody Coal Mine No. 43
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County - Township 9 South, Range 6 East, Section 17, SE SE NE
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 267 feet to 274 feet with a coal seam thickness of 4.67 feet to 8 feet.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Saline County Coal Mine No. 3   Saline County Coal Company   1910 - 1919
Big Creek Coal Mine No. 3   Big Creek Coal Company   1919 - 1921
Big Creek Coal Mine No. 3   Big Creek Coals, Inc.   1921 - 1923
Saline County Coal Mine No. 3   Saline County Coal Corporation   1923 - 1927
Saline County Coal Mine No. 43   Saline County Coal Corporation   1928
Peabody Coal Mine No. 43   Peabody Coal Company   1929 - 1942
Idle in 1934 & 1935
A gas explosion occurred in 1923, killing one man.
The last production reported was in February 1942.
[Source - Nos. 11, 12, 22 Index #44]
1911 Annual Coal Report11 -- New Mines
      The first shaft in the district to be completed under the new law requiring them to be constructed of fire-proof material was sunk by the Saline County Coal Company, Harrisburg, Saline county, and is known as their No. 3 mine. the main shaft is 10 feet by 20 feet and the escapement shaft is 10 feet by 14 feet. both are lined with concrete down to the rock, and for the rest of the distance the natural strata is strong enough to hold without support of any kind. Each shaft is 275 feet deep and the coal was found December 12, 1910.
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Peabody Coal Mine No. 43 (2)
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County - Township 9 South, Range 5 East, Section 5, NE NE SE
An Underground Slope Mine at a depth of 230 feet with an average coal seam thickness of 4½ feet to 5.6 feet.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Peabody Coal Mine No. 43   Peabody Coal Company   1947 - 1957
The last production reported was in April 1957.
[Source - No. 22 Index #751]
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Peabody Coal Mine No. 44
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County - Township 9 South, Range 5 East, Section 15, SE NW NE
An Underground Mine at a depth of 260 feet to 285 feet with a coal seam thickness of 4.67 feet to 7¼ feet.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Saline County Coal Mine No. 4   Saline County Coal Company   1917 - 1921
Big Creek Coal Mine No. 4   Big Creek Coal Company   1921 - 1923
Saline County Coal Mine No. 4   Saline County Coal Corporation   1923 - 1927
Saline County Coal Mine No. 44   Saline County Coal Corporation   1927 - 1928
Peabody Coal Mine No. 44   Peabody Coal Company   1928 - 1929
The last production reported was in 1928.
[Source - Nos. 17, 22 Index #129]
1917 Annual Coal Report17 -- Prospective Mines. --
      The Saline County Coal Company, mine No. 4, now being sunk in Saline County, is located in Brushy Township, approximately 5 miles west of Harrisburg and will be one of the modern mines of Southern Illinois. It is designed for a daily production of 4,000 tons. The shafts will be 300 feet deep and seam No. 5 will be mined. The hoist shaft will be 12 feet 6 inches by 21 feet. The air shaft will have three compartments, airway, stairway and cageway. It will be 12 feet 6 inches by 26 feet 4 inches. These shafts will be of steel and concrete construction throughout.
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Peabody Coal Mine No. 45
Big Creek Coal Mine No. 5
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County - Township 8 South, Range 5 East, Section 11, SW NW SE
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 340 feet to 367 feet with a coal seam thickness of 5½ feet to 6½ feet,
& a shaft at a depth of 485½ feet with a coal seam of 2 feet to 7½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Galatia Coal Mine   Galatia Coal Company   1902 - 1911
Idle in 1904
Galatia Coal Mine No. 1   St. Louis Coal & Coke Company   1911 - 1912
Galatia Coal Mine No. 1   Galatia & Saline Coal Company   1912 - 1913
Galatia Coal Mine   Galatia Coal Company   1913 - 1914
Galatia Coal Mine   Brown & Jones Coal Company   1914 - 1915
Durham Coal Mine   Durham Coal Company   1915 - 1917
Saline County Coal Mine No. 5   Saline County Coal Company   1917 - 1918
Galatia Coal Mine No. 5   Galatia Colliery Company   1918 - 1919
Big Creek Coal Mine No. 5   Big Creek Coals, Inc.   1919 - 1923
Peabody Coal Mine No. 45   Peabody Coal Company   1923
The last production reported was in June 1923.
[Source - Nos. 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 22 Index #798, 79]
1915 Annual Coal Report15 -- New and Prospective Mines. The following are the new or reopened mines:
Brown & Jones, Galatia, Saline County.
 
1916 Annual Coal Report16 -- Closed and Abandoned Mines. -- Brown and Jones, Galatia, Saline County.
1916 Annual Coal Report16 -- New & Reopened Mines -- Durham Coal Co., Galatia, Saline County.
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Peabody Coal Mine No. 46
Saline County Coal Mine No. 6
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County - Township 8 South, Range 7 East, Section 34, SE SE NE
An Underground Mine at a depth of 260 feet to 339 feet with a coal seam thickness of 4½ feet to 6.2 feet.
Mine Name Operated By Years
National Coal Mine No. 1   National Mining Company   1905 - 1907
Harrisburg Southern Coal Mine No. 1   Harrisburg Southern Coal Company   1907 - 1912
Big Creek Coal Mine No. 1   Big Creek Collieries Company   1912 - 1913
Saline County Coal Mine No. 6
      Grayson Coal Mine
  Saline County Coal Company   1913 - 1919
Big Creek Coal Mine No. 6   Big Creek Coal Company   1919 - 1921
Big Creek Coal Mine No. 6   Big Creek Coals, Inc.   1921 - 1923
Idle in 1922
Saline County Coal Mine No. 6   Saline County Coal Corporation   1923 - 1927
Saline County Coal Mine No. 46   Saline County Coal Corporation   1928
Peabody Coal Mine No. 46   Peabody Coal Company   1929 - 1939
Reported as Idle 1929 - 1939
The last production reported was in January 1927.
[Source - Nos. 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 22 Index #49]
      The 1909 Coal Report stated that the mine made considerable gas.
Two explosions, one in 1908 and one in 1917, killed a total of 6 7 men.
See :
      October 6, 1908, Powder Explosion in the Harrisburg and Southern Coal Company's mine, Grayson, Saline County
      May 12, 1917 Gas Explosion at Saline County Coal Company's Mine No. 6
1906 Annual Coal Report6 -- New Mines
      The National Mining Co. has put down a new shaft two miles east of Eldorado, Saline county. The shaft is 13 by 9 feet and the depth is 337 feet. A 6-foot vein of coal was reached, which is known as seam No. 5. A pair of hoisting engines have been installed, 20 by 36 inches, they are the Keck Gonnerman make. The drum is 6 feet in diameter with a double brake. The boilers are the Atlas make, Dayton, Ohio, and are 6 by 16 feet, with 6-inch tubes, 300 horse power. The hoisting rope is 1¼ inches in diameter. The wooden head tower is 70 feet high. The cages are self dumping with shaker screen, Parker make, and an Ottumwa box car loader. The air shaft is down, 10 by 10 feet. The fan is Keck Gonnerman make, 16 feet in diameter. This mine is located on the Louisville & Nashville railroad. The first coal was shipped June 17, 1905.
 
1908 Annual Coal Report8 -- Improvements.
      The National Mining Company, Eldorado, Saline county, has put in electric machines; also a Morgan-Gardner generator, 100 kilowatts, 250 volts; a Skinner engine, 16 by 18 inches, 160 horsepower, and a Morgan-Gardner chain machine with Keystone bits. I will say that by putting in machines this mine has increased the output, as the coal was hard to blast off the solid.
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Peabody Coal Mine No. 47
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County - Township 8 South, Range 5 East, Section 27, SE SE SW
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 416 feet to 420 feet with a coal seam thickness of 4½ feet to 8 feet.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Harco Coal Mine   Harrisburg Colliery Company   1916 - 1923
Idle in 1921
Saline County Coal Mine No. 7   Saline County Coal Corporation   1923 - 1927
Saline County Coal Mine No. 47   Saline County Coal Corporation   1928
Peabody Coal Mine No. 47   Peabody Coal Company   1929 - 1951
A 1920 gas explosion killed 1 man, and a 1921 gas explosion killed 12 miners.
      See : August 31, 1921 Gas Explosion in Harrisburg Colliery Company
      Also : December 28, 1941, Gas Explosion in Peabody Coal Company Harco mine No. 47, Harrisburg, Saline County
The last production reported was in April 1951.
[Source - Nos. 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22 Index #124, 26]
1916 Annual Coal Report16 -- New and Prospective Mines --
      The Harrisburg Colliery Company is sinking a hoisting shaft and an air shaft at a place five miles west and four miles north of Harrisburg. The name of the mining town will be Harcoal.
 
1917 Annual Coal Report17 -- New and Reopened Mines. -- Harrisburg Colliery Company, Harco, Saline County.
 
1922 Annual Coal Report26 -- The Harrisburg Collieries Company's Harco mine was not reported for 1921.
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Peabody Coal Company's Will Scarlet Coal Mine

Penrod Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County - Township 9 South, Range 6 East, Section 20, SE NW SE
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 30 feet with an average coal seam of 4.17 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Gulley & Penrod Coal Mine   Gulley & Penrod   1935
Penrod Coal Mine   John Penrod   1936
Gulley & Penrod Coal Mine   Gulley & Penrod   1937 - 1938
Penrod Coal Mine   John Penrod   1939 - 1941
The last production reported was in 1941.
[Source - No. 22 Index #3277]

Pierson Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County - Harrisburg
A Drift Mine with a coal seam of 4½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Irwin & Pierson Coal Mine   Irwin & Pierson   1889 - 1890
Pierson Coal Mine   Sim Pierson   1890- 1891
[Source - Nos. 22, 73]
Listed as a new mine in the 1890 Annual Coal Report73

Pioneer Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County - Township 9 South, Range 7 East, Section 23, NW SW SW
An Underground Slope Mine at a depth of 30 feet to 35 feet with an average coal seam of 4½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
New Rocky Branch Coal Mine   New Rocky Branch Coal Company   1934
Rocky Branch Coal Mine No. 1   Rocky Branch Coal Company   1935 - 1937
Jones & Gill Coal Mine   Jones & Gill   1938 - 1939
Rocky Branch Coal Mine No. 1   Rocky Branch Coal Company   1939 - 1941
Idle       1942 - 1951
Pioneer Coal Mine No. 1   Pioneer Mining Company   1952 - 1955
The last production reported was in 1955.
[Source - No. 22 Index #647]

Price Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County - Mitchellsville
Mine Name Operated By Years
Miller Coal Mine   Winnie Miller   1925
Price Coal Mine   Zack Price   1926
[Source - No. 22]

Producers Coal Mines
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Producers Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County - Township 9 South, Range 7 East, Section 22
A Strip (Surface) Mine.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Producers Coal Mine   Producers Coal Corporation   1945 or 1946
[Source - No. 22 Index #4727]
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Producers Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Saline County - Township 9 South, Range 5 East, Section 33, SE SW SE
A Strip (Surface) Mine at a depth of 20 feet to 24 feet with an average coal seam of 4 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Producers Coal Mine   Producers Coal Company   1945 - 1946
The last production reported was in June 1946.
[Source - No. 22 Index #3265]

Pyles Coal Mine
Isaac Pyles, 1924 - 1926 -- Saline County - Equality [Source - No. 22]

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