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Sangamon County, Illinois
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Coal Mines of Sangamon County, Illinois
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"A" Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Sangamon County - Township 16 North, 5 West, Section 32, SW NW NW
Underground Mine, at a depth of 202 feet, and an average coal seam of 5.3 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Mine "A"   Citizens Coal Company   1893 - 1923
 This mine was idle in 1916 and 1922
Mine "A"   Central Illinois Coal Company   1923 - 1941
Mine "A"   Mine B Coal Company   1941 - 1944
Last reported production was in December 1944
[Source - No. 41, Index 616]
 
1897 Annual Coal Report8 - Contemplated Mines
      The Citizens Coal and Mining Company, of Springfield, is sinking a new shaft about one mile southeast of their present mine, on the east side of St. L., C. & St. P. R. R.
 
1917 28 - New Mines
      The following mine has been reopened: Citizens Coal Mining Co. "A," Springfield.
 
See : February 1918 Explosion in Citizens Coal Company's "A" mine, Springfield, Sangamon County

"B" Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Sangamon County - Township 16 North, 5 West, Section 31, NW SW SE
Underground Mine, at a depth of 210 feet, and an average coal seam of 5¾ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Mine "B"   Citizens Coal Mining Company   1897 - 1924
Mine "B"   Buckley Coal Company   1924 - 1927
Mine "B"   Mine B Coal Company   1928 - 1944
 This mine was idle in 1938 and 1945
Mine "B"   Citizens Mining & Sales   1945 - 1947
Last reported production was in 1947
[Source - No. 41, Index 617]
 
1898 Annual Coal Report9 - New Mines
      The Citizens' Coal Mining Company, of Springfield, has opened what is called their "B" shaft. This shaft is 205 feet deep to coal seam No, 5, which is 5 feet 6 inches thick. The engine and boiler house is built of brick, with suitable engine and steam power; a fan 10 feet in diameter is put in for ventilation; the fan house is so built that a larger fan can be put in at any time. For cleaning the coal a shaking screen 60 feet long is erected. Coal, as it passes through the various meshes of the screen, falls direct into the railroad cars, dispensing with elevators and storage bins. The shaft is located three miles west of Springfield on the St. Louis, Chicago & St. Paul Railroad.

Barclay Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Sangamon County - Township 17 North, 4 West, Section 35
Underground Mine, at a depth of 256 feet, and an average coal seam of 6 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Barclay Coal Mine   Barclay Coal Mining Company   prior to 1881 - 1915
Barclay Coal Mine   Williamson & Denney   1916
Last reported production was in March 1916
[Source - No. 41, Index 3357]

Barr Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Sangamon County - Township 17 North, 5 West, Section 6
Underground Mine, at a depth of 230 feet, and an average coal seam of 6 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Barr Coal Mine   Barr Coal Company   1922 - 1952
Last reported production was in 1952
[Source - No. 41, Index 3358]

Beekman Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Sangamon County - Township 16 North, 6 West, Section 20
Underground Shaft Mine.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Pleasant Plains Coal Mine No. 1   Pleasant Plains Coal & Mining Company   1881 - 1884
Consolidated Coal Mine No. 1   Consolidated Coal & Mining Company   1884 - 1885
Consolidated Coal Mine No. 2   Consolidated Coal & Mining Company   1885 - 1886
Beekman Coal Mine   Beekman Coal & Mining Company   1886 - 1887
[Source - No. 41, Index 3354]

Bissell Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Sangamon County - Township 16 North, 4 West, Section 8
Underground Mine, at a depth of 234 feet, and a coal seam of 5 feet to 6 in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Clear Lake Coal Mine   Clear Lake Coal Company   1892 - 1902
Spaulding Coal Mine No. 2   Spaulding Coal Company   1902 - 1905
Clear Lake Coal Mine   Spaulding Washed Coal Company   1905 - 1910
Idle       1911 - 1918
Clear Lake Coal Mine   Bissell Coal Company   1918 - 1923
Bissell Coal Mine   Utility Coal Company   1923
Last reported production was in September 1923
[Source - No. 41, Index 121]

Brewerton Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Sangamon County - Township 15 North, 5 West, Section 11
Underground Mine, at a depth of 235 feet, and a coal seam of 5 feet to 6 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Jefferson Coal Mine   Jefferson Coal Company   1901 - 1905
Jefferson Coal Mine   O'Gara Coal Company   1905 - 1907
Jefferson Coal Mine   O'Gara & King Coal Company   1907 - 1908
Jefferson Coal Mine   T. J. O'Gara Coal Company   1908 - 1913
Mid States Coal Mine No. 26   Middle States Coal Company   1913 - 1916
Jefferson Coal Mine   Sangamon County Coal Company   1916 - 1922
Brewerton Coal Mine No. 81   Brewerton Coal Company   1922 - 1925
Brewerton Coal Mine No. 81   Brewerton Coal Corporation   1926 - 1930
Idle   Brewerton Coal Corporation   1931 - 1932
Jefferson Coal Mine No. 81   Jefferson Coal Mining Company   1933 - 1935
Idle   Jefferson Coal Mining Company   1936
Jefferson Coal Mine No. 81   Jefferson Mine Employees   1937 - 1938
Brewerton Coal Mine No. 81   Brewerton Coal Company   1938
Last reported production was in December 1938
[Source - No. 41, Index 122]
 
1902 Annual Coal Report13 - New Mines
      The Jefferson Coal Co. has opened out a new mine near the Converse brick plant, one mile and one-half from the southeast corner of the corporate limits of Springfield. A spur is run from the B. & 0. S. W. R. R. to this mine; the escapement or air shaft was sunk as soon as the main shaft was down; both shafts are now connected. A fifteen foot fan has been set up for ventilation, and the mine is now working very successfully. A number of houses are now being built near the mine for the use of the miners.

Cantrall Coal Mines
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Cantrall Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Sangamon County - Township 17 North, 5 West, Section 8
Underground Mine, at a depth of 213 feet, and an average coal seam of 6 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Cantrall Coal Mine   Cantrall Co-operative Coal Company   1890 - 1915
      ?   Idle   1916
Cantrall Coal Mine   Cantrall Co-operative Coal Company   1917 - 1919
Sangamon Coal Mine No. 3   Sangamon Coal Company   1919 - 1922
Cantrall Coal Mine   Buckley Coal Company   1922 - 1923
Cantrall Coal Mine   Cantrall Coal Company   1923 - 1924
Last reported production was in 1924
[Source - No. 41, Index 309]
 
1917 28 - New Mines
      The following mine has been reopened: Cantrall Coal Co., Cantrall.
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Cantrall Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Sangamon County - Township 17 North, 5 West, Section 21
Underground Mine, at a depth of 217 feet, and an average coal seam of 6 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Cantrall Coal Mine   Cantrall Coal Company   1935 - 1962
Cantrall Coal Mine   R & S Coal Company   1963 - 1964
Last reported production was in February 1964
[Source - No. 41, Index 925]
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Cantrall Coal Mine No. 3
Republic Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Sangamon County - Township 16 North, 5 West, Section 22, SE NE NE
Underground Mine, at a depth of 245 feet, and an average coal seam of 5½ feet to 6 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Wilmington & Springfield Coal Mine   Wilmington & Springfield Coal Company   prior to 1881 - 1896
Springfield Iron Coal Mine   Springfield Iron Company   1896 - 1899
Republic Coal Mine   Republic Iron & Steel Company   1899 - 1903
Republic Coal Mine   Wilmington & Springfield Coal Company   1903 - 1905
Republic Coal Mine   Jones & Adams Coal Company   1905 - 1908
Republic Coal Mine
      Cantrall Coal Mine No. 3
  Cantrall Cooperative Coal Company   1908 - 1914
Last reported production was in 1914
[Source - No. 41, Index 3348]
 
1904 Annual Coal Report15 - Changes in Corporate Names
      The coal mine at Ridgely, Sangamon county, formerly operated by the Republic Iron and Steel Co.. has changed and is now known as the Wilmington & Springfield Coal Co.

Chapel Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Sangamon County - Township 16 North, 5 West, Section 15, NW SE SW
      Location based on report by Soil Testing Services.
Drift Mine, at a depth of 26 feet to 28 feet, and a coal seam of 2 feet to 3 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Chapel Coal Mine   Chapel   unknown
[Source - No. 41, Index 2593]

Chicago-Springfield Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Sangamon County - Township 16 North, 5 West, Section 12
Underground Shaft Mine
Mine Name Operated By Years
Chicago-Springfield Coal Mine   Chicago-Springfield Coal Company   1904 - 1927
[Source - No. 41, Index 3347]
 
1903 Annual Coal Report14 - New and Prospective Mines.
      A new shaft in Sangamon county, two miles north of the State Fair grounds, is being sunk. It is on the line of the Chicago & Alton railroad. The name of the company is the Chicago and Springfield Coal company. This is a fine location for a shaft and it is the intention of the owners to equip the plant in first-class style.
 
1904 Annual Coal Report15 - New Mines
      The Chicago-Springfield Coal Co. has opened out a new mine on the line of the C. & A. railroad, two and one half miles north of the corporate limits of the village of Ridgley, Sangamon county: the plant is first-class in every particular. The hoisting and air shafts are each 235 feet deep. The coal seam is No. 5 of the general section, and is six feet thick. The hoisting shaft is 8 x 10 feet in the clear and the air shaft is 8 x 20 feet; five feet of the air shaft is taken off of one end for a stairway and escapement.
      A town site will soon be located, ten houses, with a hotel, have already been erected. The underground works are laid out on the most modern plan, and the coal will be worked on what is known as the panel system.
 
1905 Annual Coal Report16 - New Mines
      A new mine has been put in operation during the year by the Springfield Colliery Co., located at Springfield, Sangamon county. Both the main and escape shafts have been sunk to the coal; the hoisting shaft is 16 feet 6 inches by 10 feet; the air and escapement shaft is 14 feet 6 inches by 7 feet; the escapement chamber is 5 x 7 feet, with a suitable stairway. The hoisting engine is 24 x 36 inches; three Erie boilers have been set up, each one is 150 horse power.
      The mine is located on the C. amp; A. R. R.. and everything in the way of equipment will be up to date when the mine is completed. The officers of the company are H. C. Adams, president; C. F. Evans, vice president; D. W. Heath, secretary and treasurer. The main office of the company is located at 975 Old Colony Building, Chicago.

C., W. & F. Coal Mine
Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company
The legal description lists this as :
   Sangamon County - Township 13 North, 6 West, Section 34, NW SW NW
Underground Mine, at a depth of 292 feet to 300 feet, and an average coal seam of 7½ - 7.8 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
C., W. & V. Coal Mine No. 1   Chicago, Wilmington & Vermilion Coal Company   1900 - 1914
C., W. & F. Coal Mine No. 1   Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company   1914 - 1924
Last reported production was in 1924
[Source - No. 41, Index 314]
 
1916 Annual Coal Report27 - Fires at Mines.
      The tipple and coal washing plant of the C. W. & F. Coal Company's mine at Thayer was burned down November 22, 1915.

Citizens Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Sangamon County - Township 17 North, 7 West, Section 32
Underground Mine at a depth of 102 feet to 130 feet with an average coal seam of 5 feet to 5¾ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Citizens Coal Mine   Citizens Coal Company   1907 - 1908
Citizens Coal Mine   Walsh, Wilkin & Fitzgerald   1908 - 1909
Citizens Coal Mine   John Derry   1909 - 1910
Citizens Coal Mine   Cooperative Coal Company   1910 - 1911
Citizens Coal Mine   Citizens Coal Company   1911 - 1925
Citizens Coal Mine
      Klingbeil Coal Mine
  Klingbeil Coal Company   1926 - 1929
Last reported production was in 1929
[Source - No. 41, Index 4861]
 
1907 Annual Coal Report18 - New Mines
      Wilkey, Welsh & Fitzgerald have sunk a shaft at Pleasant Plains, Sangamon County; this is intended for local trade.

Coronado Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Sangamon County - Township 16 North, 3 West, Section 26
Underground Shaft Mine
Mine Name Operated By Years
Mechanicsburg Coal Mine   Mechanicsburg Coal Company   1905 - 1909
Coronado Coal Mine   Coronado Coal Mining Company   1909 - 1911
[Source - No. 41, Index 311]
 
1905 Annual Coal Report16 - Prospective Mines.
      The Mechanicsburg Coal Co. Mechanicsburg, Sangamon county, is sinking a new shaft one and one-half miles from that town on the line of the Illinois Traction Co.'s road.
 
1906 Annual Coal Report17 - New Mines
      The Mechanicsburg Coal Co., Mechanicsburg, Sangamon County, has sunk a shaft, the dimensions of which are 7 by 14 feet; the air shaft is not quite completed, it is the same size as the hoisting shaft. The mine is equipped with a pair of Litchfield engines 30 by 36 inches, the drum is 7 feet in diameter, The engine room is 28 by 32 feet, constructed of brick. There are two boilers, manufactured at Erie, Pennsylvania, 6 by 18 feet, each containing 68 3-inch tubes. the boiler room is 32 by 52 feet. The mine is also equipped with Duncan shaker screens and cages. the surface construction os fairly substantial throughout.

Cosmo Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Sangamon County - Township 14 North, 7 West, Section 18
Underground Shaft Mine
Mine Name Operated By Years
Reynolds Coal Mine   Reynolds Coal Company   1923 - 1928
Lebeter & Reynolds Coal Mine   G. Lebeter & J. Reynolds   1929
Williamson Coal Mine   J. S. Williamson   1930 - 1934
Cosmo Coal Mine   Coronado Coal Company   1935 - 1941
[Source - No. 41, Index 3338]

Dawson Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Sangamon County - Township 16 North, 3 West, Section 8
Underground Shaft Mine
Mine Name Operated By Years
Wabash Coal Mine No. 2   Wabash Coal & Mining Company   1881 - 1899
Wabash Coal Mine No. 1   Wabash Coal Company   1899 - 1916
Dawson Coal Mine   Athens-Dawson Coal Company   1916 - 1918
Dawson Coal Mine No. 2   Dawson Coal Mining Company   1918 - 1924
[Source - No. 41, Index 343]
 
1917 28 - New Mines
      The following mine has been reopened: Athens-Dawson Coal Co..Dawson.

Eddy Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Sangamon County - Township 17 North, 5 West, Section 16, SE SW NE NW
Underground Mine, at a depth of 150 feet, and an average coal seam of 6 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Fisher Coal Mine   Louis F. Fisher Coal Company   1920 - 1925
Jacaway Coal Mine   John Jacaway Coal Company   1925 - 1926
Fisher Coal Mine   Fisher Coal Company   1927 - 1933
Idle in 1929
McFall & Eddy Coal Mine   McFall & Eddy   1934
Eddy Coal Mine   Bryan Eddy Coal Company   1935 - 1964
Last reported production was in August 1964
[Source - No. 41, Index 861]

Empire Coal Mines
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Empire Coal Mine No. 1
The legal description lists this as :
   Sangamon County - Township 16 North, 5 West, Section 14, SW SW SW
Underground Mine, at a depth of 230 feet, and a coal seam of 5¾ feet to 6 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Empire Coal Mine No. 8   Dickerson Coal Company   circa 1882 - 1914
Empire Coal Mine No. 400   Montour Coal Company   1914 - 1919
Pittsburg Coal Mine No. 400   Pittsburg Coal Company   1919 - 1921
Empire Coal Mine No. 1   Illinois Coal & Coke Corporation   1921 - 1928
Empire Coal Mine No. 1   Lincoln Coal Corporation   1928 - 1933
Idle   Lincoln Coal Corporation   1929 - 1933
Last reported production was in February 1928
Panther Creek Mines, Inc.'s map dated February 5, 1931 listed this mine as :
      Panther Creek Coal Mine No. 6 - abandoned. No production was listed under this name.
[Source - No. 41, Index 119]
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Empire Coal Mine No. 2
The legal description lists this as :
   Sangamon County - Township 13 North, 6 West, Section 2, NW NE NW
Underground Mine, at a depth of 280 feet, and an average coal seam of 8 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Sugar Creek Coal Mine   Sugar Creek Coal Mining Company   1893 - 1895
Chicago-Virden Coal Mine No. 2   Chicago-Virden Coal Company   1895 - 1904
Illinois Coal Mine No. 2   Illinois Collieries Company   1904 - 1908
Idle       1909 - 1910
Lefton Coal Mine   Lefton Coal Company   1910 - 1913
Montour Coal Mine   Montour Coal Company   1913
Idle or Abandoned       1914 - 1920
Empire Coal Mine No. 2   Illinois Coal & Coke Company   1920 - 1923
Last reported production was in 1923
[Source - No. 41, Index 3336]
 
1897 Annual Coal Report 8 - Labor Troubles
      The miners of the Chicago-Virden Coal Co.'s mine No. 2 at Auburn, also suspended in the beginning of June, 1897. No work is being done at these mines up to this time. July 1, 1897.

Farmingdale Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Sangamon County - Township 16 North, 6 West, Section 32
Underground Shaft Mine
Mine Name Operated By Years
Farmingdale Coal Mine   Farmingdale Coal Company   1937
[Source - No. 41, Index 3346]

Farrand Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Sangamon County - Township 16 North, 4 West, Section 12
Underground Shaft Mine
Mine Name Operated By Years
Denkert Coal Mine   Denkert Coal Company   1937 - 1947
Farrand Coal Mine   Farrand Coal Company   1948 - 1955
[Source - No. 41, Index 641]

Galladay Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Sangamon County - Pleasant Plains
Underground Mine at a depth of 95 feet with an average coal seam of 5½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Galladay Coal Mine   E. Galladay   1910 - 1911
[Source - No. 41]

Galloway Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Sangamon County - Township 16 North, 6 West, Section 20
Underground Mine.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Galloway Coal Mine   John Galloway   1885 - 1886
[Source - No. 41, Index 3374]

Gardner Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Sangamon County - Township 17 North, 7 West, Section 32
Underground Mine.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Gardner Coal Mine   Gardner Mine   1875
[Source - No. 41, Index 3366]

Happy Hollow Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Sangamon County - Township 17 North, 7 West, Section 35
Underground Shaft Mine.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Happy Hollow Coal Mine   Ed. Galladay   1909 - 1911
Happy Hollow Coal Mine   John Goetz   1911 - 1914
Happy Hollow Coal Mine   Skaggs & Hoheimer   1914 - 1915
Happy Hollow Coal Mine   Happy Hollow Coal Company   1915 - 1916
Happy Hollow Coal Mine   J. W. Herndon   1916 - 1918
Miller Coal Mine   Miller Brothers   1918 - 1925
Happy Hollow Coal Mine   Happy Hollow Coal Company   1925
Happy Hollow Coal Mine   Miller Brothers   1926 - 1933
Happy Hollow Coal Mine   Happy Hollow Coal Company   1934 - 1940
Happy Hollow Coal Mine   Frank Miller   1941
Happy Hollow Coal Mine   Happy Hollow Coal Company   1942 - 1947
Happy Hollow Coal Mine   Frank Miller   1948
Happy Hollow Coal Mine   Happy Hollow Coal Company   1949
[Source - No. 41, Index 3367]

Harris Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Sangamon County - Township 17 North, 7 West, Section 29, SW NW SW
Underground Mine.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Harris Coal Mine   R. Harris Coal Company   1860 - 1875
[Source - No. 41, Index 3364]

Illinois Collieries Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Sangamon County - Township 14 North, 6 West, Section 13, SE NE NE
Underground Mine, at a depth of 243 feet, and a coal seam of 5.8 feet to 7 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Chatham Coal Mine   Chatham Coal Company   1885 - 1887
Chatham Coal Mine   Starne, Black & Hahn   1887 - 1888
Chatham Coal Mine   Chatham Cooperative Coal Company   1888 - 1891
Lick Creek Coal Mine   Lick Creek Coal Company   1891 - 1893
Girard Coal Mine   Girard Coal Company   1893 - 1894
Chatham Coal Mine   D. J. Lloyd   1894 - 1895
Chatham Coal Mine   J. Murphy   1895 - 1896
Chatham Coal Mine   Murphy & Felver   1896 - 1897
Chatham Coal Mine   Murphy & Senseney   1897 - 1899
Chicago Virden Coal Mine No. 3   Chicago Virden Coal Company   1899 - 1904
Illinois Collieries Coal Mine No. 3   Illinois Collieries   1904 - 1907
Last reported production was in June 1907
[Source - No. 41, Index 3337]

Island Grove Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Sangamon County - Township 15 North, 7 West, Section 8
Underground Shaft Mine
Mine Name Operated By Years
Island Grove Coal Mine   Island Grove Coal Company   1904 - 1905
Crichton Coal Mine   Robert Crichton   1905 - 1906
Island Grove Coal Mine   Island Grove Coal Company   1906 - 1909
[Source - No. 41, Index 3342]

Lawless & Miller Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Sangamon County - Township 17 North, 8 West, Section 25
Underground Shaft Mine
Mine Name Operated By Years
Bethel Coal Mine   Bethel Coal Company   1933 - 1939
Lawless & Miller Coal Mine   Lawless & Miller   1940 - 1942
[Source - No. 41, Index 624]

Lincoln Trail Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Sangamon County - Township 17 North, 6 West, Section 32
Underground Shaft Mine
Mine Name Operated By Years
Lincoln Trail Coal Mine   Tony Enders   1927 - 1928
Lincoln Trail Coal Mine   Lincoln Trail Coal Company   1929
Lincoln Trail Coal Mine   Tony Enders   1930 - 1935
Lincoln Trail Coal Mine   Lincoln Trail Coal Company   1936 - 1937
Lincoln Trail Coal Mine   Tony Enders   1938 - 1939
Lincoln Trail Coal Mine   Lincoln Trail Coal Company   1940 - 1947
[Source - No. 41, Index 3362]

Madison Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Sangamon County - Township 13 North, 5 West, Section 21, SE NE SW
Underground Mine, at a depth of 312 feet to 367 feet, and a coal seam of 7 feet to 10 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Madison Coal Mine No. 6   Madison Coal Corporation   1899 - 1925
Last reported production was in May 1925
[Source - No. 41, Index 74]
 
1900 Annual Coal Report11 - New Mines
      The Madison Coal Co., of St. Louis, Mo., has put in operation during the year a new mine at Divernon, Sangamon county, which will be known as its No. 6 mine. This plant is intended for a large output; the buildings are very substantial and designed to be fire proof; the tower is built of steel; both the hoisting and escapement shafts were sunk at the same time and are very substantially timbered.

Number Twelve Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Sangamon County - Township 16 North, 5 West, Section 20, SE NE SE
Underground Mine, at a depth of 180 feet, and an average coal seam of 6 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Number Twelve Coal Mine   Number Twelve Coal Company   1909 - 1920
No. 12 Coal Mine   Joseph Taylor   1920 - 1922
No. 12 Coal Mine   No. 12 Coal Company   1922 - 1923
No. 12 Coal Mine   Joseph Taylor Coal Company   1923 - 1927
No. 12 Coal Mine   No. 12 Coal Company   1928
No. 12 Coal Mine   Joseph Taylor   1929 - 1932
No. 12 Coal Mine   Number Twelve Coal Company   1933 - 1941
Last reported production was in 1941
[Source - No. 41, Index 3349]

Panther Creek Coal Mines
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Panther Creek Coal Mine No. 1
The legal description lists this as :
   Sangamon County - Township 14 North, 6 West, Section 35, NW NE NE
Underground Mine, at a depth of 258 feet to 270 feet, and a coal seam of 4 feet to 7 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Panther Creek Coal Mine No. 1   Panther Creek Mining Company   1918 - 1944
 This mine was idle from 1933 to 1942
Last reported production was in July 1944
[Source - No. 41, Index 193]
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Panther Creek Coal Mine No. 2
The legal description lists this as :
   Sangamon County - Township 16 North, 5 West, Section 21, NE SE SW
Underground Mine, at a depth of 200 feet, and a coal seam of up to 5.8 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Peanut Coal Mine   Lincoln Park Coal & Brick Company   1900 - 1926
Panther Creek Coal Mine No. 2   Panther Creek Mines, Inc.   1927 - 1948
Last reported production was in April 1948
[Source - No. 41, Index 3350]
 
1900 Annual Coal Report11 - Prospective Mines
      A new shaft is being sunk near Camp Lincoln, Springfield, Sangamon county, by the Lincoln Park Coal Mining Company. It is intended as a local mine.
 
1901 Annual Coal Report12 - New Mines
      A new mine has been opened out within the corporate limits of the city of Springfield, near Lincoln Park. The name of the firm is the Lincoln Park Coal Mining Company; the mine is operated for the local trade; two shafts have been sunk, one for a hoisting shaft, the other for escapement and air shaft; the plant is well equipped for a local plant. The tower and outbuildings are substantial, with proper engine and boiler power for hoisting.
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Panther Creek Coal Mine No. 3
The legal description lists this as :
   Sangamon County - Township 16 North, 5 West, Section 19, NW NE SE
Underground Mine, at a depth of 171 feet, and a coal seam of 5 feet to 5½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Spring Creek Coal Mine   Spring Creek Coal Company   1906 - 1926
Panther Creek Coal Mine No. 3   Panther Creek Mines, Inc.   1927 - 1931
Last reported production was in February 1931
[Source - No. 41, Index 120]
 
1906 Annual Coal Report17 - New Mines
      The Spring Creek Coal Co. has sunk a shaft two and one-half miles west of Springfield, Sangamon County, on the line of the B. & O. S.-W. R. R. The main shaft is 8 by 14 feet, the escapement shaft is 8 by 13 feet equipped with a substantial stairway. The fan is 2o feet, homemade. The hoisting engines are of the Aetna make 20 by 36 inches. The drum is 5 feet 7 inches in diameter, and is equipped with a steam brake. There are two boilers made at the Drake boiler works, Springfield. they are 5 by 14 feet, containing 52 4-inch tubes in each. The plant is substantially constructed throughout and presents a very fine appearance.
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Panther Creek Coal Mine No. 4
The legal description lists this as :
   Sangamon County - Township 16 North, 5 West, Section 29, NE SE NE
Underground Mine, at a depth of 150 feet, and a coal seam of 5½ feet to 6 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
West End Coal Mine   Mrs. Charles R. Hurst   1871 - 1882
West End Coal Mine
      Old West Coal Mine
  West End Coal Company   1882 - 1927
Panther Creek Coal Mine No. 4   Panther Creek Mines, Inc.   1927 - 1946
Last reported production was in April 1946
[Source - No. 41, Index 618]
Possible location of Old North Mine, which opened in 1865.
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Panther Creek Coal Mine No. 5
The legal description lists this as :
   Sangamon County - Township 16 North, 5 West, Section 22, SE SW NE
Underground Mine, at a depth of 244 feet, and a coal seam of 5½ feet to 6½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
New North Coal Mine   Springfield Cooperative Coal Company   1875 - 1925
New North Coal Mine   New North Coal Company   1925 - 1929
Panther Creek Coal Mine No. 5   Panther Creek Mines, Inc.   1929 - 1952
Last reported production was in December 1952
[Source - No. 41, Index 3351]
 
1916 Annual Coal Report27 - Fires at Mines.
      On August 16, 1915, the tipple and engine room of the Springfield Cooperative Coal Company was destroyed by fire.
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Panther Creek Coal Mine No. 6
See : Empire Coal Mine No. 1

Peabody Coal Mines
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Peabody No. 5 Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Sangamon County - Township 13 North, 5 West, Section 12, SE SW NE
Underground Mine, at a depth of 1320 feet to 325 feet, and an average coal seam of 5¾ feet to 7½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Lloyd Coal Mine   D. J. Lloyd   1895 - 1896
Horse Creek Coal Mine   Horse Creek Coal Company   1896 - 1900
Victor Coal Mine   Victor Coal Company   1900 - 1905
Victor Coal Mine
Illinois Midland Coal Mine No. 5
  Illinois Midland Coal Company   1905 - 1913
Peabody No. 5 Coal Mine   Peabody Coal Company   1913 - 1921
Last reported production was in February 1921
[Source - No. 41, Index 806]
 
1896 Annual Coal Report 7 - New Mines
      At a depth of 324 feet, a seam of coal seven feet six inches in thickness, probably No. 5 of the Illinois Geological Survey, was found in a shaft sunk by D. J. Lloyd, on the line of the Pawnee railroad, at Pawnee, Sangamon county.
 
1896 Annual Coal Report 7 - Fatalities
      January 21, 18967, Wm. Dobbins, of Pawnee, aged 25 years, married, occupation carpenter, was killed at 5 p. m., January 21, 1896, at the mine of D. J. Lloyd, Pawnee, Sangamon county. The top works were in course of construction; Dobbins was walking backwards on the upper landing carrying one end of a heavy plank; he went one step too far and fell to the ground, a distance of twenty-one feet. When picked up he was unconscious and remained so until he died, several hours later. He left a widow and one child.
 
1900 Annual Coal Report11 - Prospective Mines
      The Horse Creek Coal Company, of Pawnee, Sangamon county, has commenced a new hoisting shaft at its mine. When this hoisting shaft is down the machinery will be removed to it, and the present working mine will be used as an escapement and air shaft.
 
1901 Annual Coal Report12 - Changes of Ownership
      The Horse Creek Coal Co., Pawnee, Sangamon county, has sold its property, both the Pawnee Railroad and the mine, to a corporation known as the Victor Coal Co., which will operate this mine, and it will be known by the new name in the future. This company expects to do a large coal business; it is building a number of houses and making great improvements both in and around the mine.
 
See : Explosion of October 13, 1902
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Peabody No. 6 Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Sangamon County - Township 17 North, 5 West, Section 36
Underground Mine, at a depth of 198 feet, and an average coal seam of 6 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Peabody Coal Mine   Peabody Coal Company   1904 - 1905
Peabody Coal Mine No. 6   Illinois Midland Coal Company   1913 - 1927
Peabody No. Coal Mine No. 6   Peabody Coal Company   1913 - 1927
Last reported production was in March 1927
[Source - No. 41, Index 39]
 
1903 Annual Coal Report14 - New and Prospective Mines.
      A new shaft is being sunk on the line of the Chicago & Alton railroad, about one and three-fourths miles south of Sherman, Sangamon county. The name of the new firm is the Peabody Coal company. It is the intention of this company to put up a plant for a large output; a steel tower will be erected and all the latest modern appliances put up to handle large quantities of coal at a minimum cost.
 
1904 Annual Coal Report15 - New Mines
      The Peabody Mining Co., Chicago, has opened out a new mine two miles south of Sherman, Sangamon county, on the line of the C. & A. railroad. The coal seam is six feet in thickness and is No. 5 of the general section. The main shaft is 10 x 20 feet in the clear and 201 feet deep; the air shaft is 10 x 15 feet in the clear, and of the same depth. five feet of the air shaft is partitioned off of one end for a stairway and escapement, leaving 100 square feet cross section for air shaft. The tower and all screens and weigh house bearings are built of steel, covered with galvanized corrugated iron.
 
1905 Annual Coal Report16 - Explosion in Mines.
      November 11. 1904, at 1:15 a. m.. an explosion occurred in the Peabody Mining Co.'s mine at Sherman, Sangamon county, because of which James McGee and Anton Maruscha lost their lives. I visited the mine the next day, November 12, in company with James Smith, county inspector of Sangamon county. The following is a detailed report of our inspection, accompanied by a map showing where the explosion took place, the location of the various exploded powder kegs which had been ignited by the blast, also other points.
      The explosion occurred in the first north entry off the main east entry on the east side of the mine; in this latter entry Anton Maruscha. one of the men killed, was working. The entry had been worked in a distance of 311 feet from the main east entry, the face of the entry was 70 feet from the last open cross-cut. and work had been commenced to drive the next cross-cut through at 60 feet.
      Three shots had been prepared and fired in the face; a top hole, and a bottom hole directly underneath, also a top hole at right angles to the other holes in the cross-cut; the two holes in the entry had been drilled in a line with the left rib of the entry, and both had been placed in the solid, with no chance whatever to bring down the coal; there was also a roll in the roof, running diagonally across the face of the entry for four feet back from the face, that still further prevented the shots from dislodging the coal. The bottom hole it was found, had blown off part of the heel of the shot, but left 11 inches of the remaining hole; the top hole had blown its tamping, also about six inches was blown off the mouth of the hole, and twenty-seven inches remained dead. The hole in the crosscut was 15.5 feet from the two holes on the left rib in the entry, and was a stiff hole blowing the heel but leaving 10.5 inches of the remaining hole dead.
      At the last open crosscut, seventy feet from the face, pieces of cut fuse were found, and also small portion of the lid of a powder-box with the staple and padlock attached; the balance of this box could not be identified in the wreckage lying around. At, or opposite, the mouth of the first north entry, about twelve feet from where the body of Maruscha was found, a powder keg was found that had been exploded; also at the mouth of the second north entry on the main east entry, twenty feet from the first north entry on the main east entry, another powder keg was found, also exploded.
      The body of Maruscha was found against the south side of the main east entry and about seventeen feet diagonally from the mouth of first north entry, and about 328 feet from the face of the first north entry, and about 275 feet from the hoisting shaft. In the back entry, or second north entry, the face of the entry was fifty-five feet from the open cross-cut; in this entry there are five rooms turned: room 5 is turned twenty-three feet outside of the last open cross cut, and is worked in eighteen feet from the entry. One keg full of powder, and one partly full were found in this entry, the full keg was in the room and the other one on the entry.
      The body of James McGee was found in what is known as the west escapement entry, on the west side of the mine, at a distance of 575 feet from the hoisting shaft, also 1.178 feet from the face of the first north entry and 275 feet from the air shaft.
      The explosion was of considerable violence, on the east side of the mine the stoppings were blown out and large timbers on the main east entry were knocked down, letting down large masses of rock and strewing debris in all directions, the south cage was jammed into a twisted mass of iron. At the bottom and in the west escapement entry, where McCree was found, the pit cars were piled together: the stairs were blown down in the escape shaft, and the fan house wrecked, as was also a part of the steel sheeting covering the tipple at the hoisting shaft. The stable was set on fire, owing to hay catching fire from the flames and five mules were burned to death. The bodies of the two men were terribly burned, and the head of Anton Maruscha was badly mangled by being crushed against the rib of the entry.
Plat of Explosion on November 11, 1904
Cause of Explosion.
      There is no doubt but that these three shots were all fired at the same time, and by fuse, as pieces of fuse had been found at the open cross cut where the powder box had been found. The holes had been very badly placed, and consequently the whole force of the powder was expanded on the atmosphere, producing what is commonly known as windy shots: conditions were further aggravated by one of the shots being at right angles to the other two, the carbonic oxide gases given off by these shots being ignited from the flame of the shots: the flames passing out to the cross-cuts. At the first open cross cut from the face, where the shots were fired. Maruscha's box was standing, in which he kept his powder: and, as this box was blown to pieces, it must have contained a quantity of powder, which exploding, intensified the force of the blast: also the flames following the explosion, set off other powder, still further intensifying the force of the blast, as four kegs were found that unmistakably had been exploded: thus making more intense the force of the explosion, this, together with the force of the blast going against the incoming air, caused it to extend to the west side of the mine, following the path of the least resistance to the escapement or air-shaft, where, at that point, it would have the effect of a huge piston, driving the air up the tube-like air shaft with an enormous pressure and velocity, stripping all obstructions in its path. The flames following the explosion, also passed to the west side of the mine, and going through the stable, setting fire to the hay. and other combustible matter, and burning fatally the five mules. The flames also passed up the west escape entry to where McGee was found, as his body was terribly burned: here also was found a keg of powder that had been exploded I do not believe that dust was a factor in this explosion, as I could not find any traces of charred coal dust.
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Peabody No. 10 Coal Mine
This mine operated in Christian & Sangamon Counties
The legal description lists this as :
   Christian County - Township 13 North, 4 West, Section 10, NE NE SE
South Man & Air Shaft :    Sangamon County - Township 13 North, 4 West, Section 30
Underground Slope Mine, at a depth of 300 feet to 380 feet, and an average coal seam of 6½ feet to 7½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Peabody Coal Mine No. 10   Peabody Coal Company   1951 - 1994
Last reported production was in 1994
[Source - No. 41, Index 693]
 
See also : Peabody No. 10 Coal Mine in Christian County, Illinois
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Peabody No. 51 Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Sangamon County - Township 17 North, 5 West, Section 27, NW SW SE
Underground Mine, at a depth of 210 feet, and an average coal seam of 5½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Cora Coal Mine   Cora Coal Company   1904 - 1915
Springfield District No. 1 Coal Mine   Springfield Coal Mining Company   1915 - 1918
Springfield District No. 51 Coal Mine   Springfield Coal Mining Company   1918 - 1925
Peabody No. 51 Coal Mine   Peabody Coal Company   1925 - 1934
Last reported production was in 1934
[Source - No. 41, Index 412]
 
1903 Annual Coal Report14 - New and Prospective Mines.
      Plans and specifications are being made for a new shaft at Cora, on the line of the Chicago, Peoria & St. Louis railroad. It is about eight miles north of Springfield. This company is incorporated under the name of the Cora Coal and Mining company.
 
1904 Annual Coal Report15 - Prospective Mines.
      The Cora Coal Company is sinking a new mine near Cora Station, Sangamon County, on the line of the C. P. & St. L. railroad, about eight miles northwest of Springfield.
 
1905 Annual Coal Report16 - New Mines
      A new mine has been put in operation during the year at Cora, Sangamon county on the line of the C P. & St. L. R. R.. and will be known as the Cora Coal Co. The main shaft is 7 x 14 feet; the air shaft is not yet completed; good machinery and boiler power has been put in, also dump cages and shaking screens.
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Peabody No. 52 Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Sangamon County - Township 16 North, 4 West, Section 10
Underground Mine, at a depth of 232 feet, and a coal seam of 5.8 feet to 6.2 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Riverton Coal Mine No. 2   Riverton Coal Company   1894 - 1902
Riverton Coal Mine No. 2   Springfield Coal & Mining Company   1902 - 1916
Springfield District No. 2 Coal Mine   Springfield District Coal Company   1916 - 1918
Springfield District No. 52 Coal Mine   Springfield District Coal Company   1918 - 1924
Peabody No. 52 Coal Mine   Peabody Coal Company   1924 - 1932
Last reported production was in March 1932
[Source - No. 41, Index 36]
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Peabody No. 53 Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Sangamon County - Township 15 North, 5 West, Section 3, SE NW SW
Underground Mine, at a depth of 250 feet, and a coal seam of 4½ feet to 6.3 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Central Coal Mine   Central Coal Company   1887 - 1891
Woodside Coal Mine   Woodside Coal Company   1891 - 1915
Springfield District Coal Mine No. 3   Springfield District Coal Company   1915 - 1918
Springfield District Coal Mine No. 53   Springfield District Coal Company   1918 - 1924
Peabody Coal Mine No. 53   Peabody Coal Company   1924 - 1944
Last reported production was in July 1944
[Source - No. 41, Index 38]
 
1905 Annual Coal Report16 - Fires at Mines.
      Dec. 10, 1904, the tower, locomotive chutes and outbuildings of the Woodside Coal Co.. Springfield, were destroyed by fire, the origin of the fire is supposed to have been caused by sparks from passing locomotives. Twenty eight mules were suffocated. The fire occurred at night; some twelve or fourteen men were working in the mine, but got out safely by the escapeway.
      Every thing has been rebuilt and the mine commenced work again Jan. 18,1905.
 
1916 Annual Coal Report27 - Fires at Mines.
      Fire destroyed the top works of the Woodside Coal Company's mine, November 17, 1915.
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Peabody No. 54 Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Sangamon County - Township 13 North, 6 West, Section 15, SE NE SW
Underground Mine, at a depth of 301 feet to 308 feet, and a coal seam of 4½ feet to 11 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Black Diamond Coal Mine   Black Diamond Coal Company
Owned & Operated by Robert Solomon & Sons
  1904 - 1915
Springfield District Coal Mine No. 4   Springfield District Coal Mining Company   1915 - 1918
Springfield District Coal Mine No. 54   Springfield District Coal Mining Company   1918 - 1924
 This mine was idle in 1922
Peabody Coal Mine No. 54   Peabody Coal Company   1924 - 1926
Last reported production was in December 1926
[Source - No. 41, Index 75]
 
1904 Annual Coal Report15 - Prospective Mines.
      Robert Solomon, one of the late owners of the Black Diamond coal mine,Springfield, is sinking a new shaft on the line or the C. & A. railroad, about two miles south of Auburn, Sangamon County.
 
1905 Annual Coal Report16 - New Mines
      A new mine has been put in operation during the year one mile south of the city of Auburn. Sangamon county, on the line of the C. & A railroad, which will be known as the Black Diamond Coal Co., and owned by Robert Solomon & Sons The main shaft is 8 feet 6 inches by 14 feet; the air shaft is 8 feet 6 inches by 15 feet 10 inches; a substantial stairway is in the air shaft for escapement; each shaft is 293 feet deep. For ventilation, a 16-foot fan has been erected: the hoisting engines are 24 x 36 inches, with self-dumping cages and shaking screens. The steam power is generated by four boilers -- two plain cylinder and two tubular boilers; the engine, boiler and fan houses are of brick, and said to be fire proof; the tower and tipple houses are built of wood; an electric machine has been installed for cutting the coal by cutters operated by a 19 x 18 in. engine geared direct to a 150 K. W. generator. The mine is now being opened out with a view of having a large output the coming year.
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Peabody No. 55 Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Sangamon County -
      Main Shaft - Township 15 North, 5 West, Section 9, SW SE NW
      Shaft - Township 15 North, 5 West, Section 9, SW SW SE
Underground Mine, at a depth of 250 feet, and a coal seam of 4.9 feet to 6.3 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Springfield Coal & Mining Coal Mine No. 5   Springfield Coal & Mining Company   1902 - 1916
Springfield District Coal Mine No. 5   Springfield District Coal Mining Company   1916 - 1918
Springfield District Coal Mine No. 55   Springfield District Coal Mining Company   1918 - 1924
Peabody Coal Mine No. 55   Peabody Coal Company   1924 - 1930
Last reported production was in 1930
[Source - No. 41, Index 3340]
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Peabody No. 57 Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Sangamon County -
      No. 1 Shaft - Township 15 North, 5 West, Section 26, NW SE SW
      No. 2 Shaft - Township 15 North, 5 West, Section 35, SW NE NW
Underground Mine, at a depth of 240 feet, and an average coal seam of 5½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Capital Coal Mine No. 1   Capital Cooperative Coal Company   prior to 1882 - 1901
Capital Coal Mine No. 2   Capital Cooperative Coal Company   1887 - 1915
  Shafts No. 1 and No. 2 were both used as hoisting shafts from 1888 to 1901.
After 1901, the No. 1 shaft was utilized for ventilation and escapement only.
Springfield District Coal Mine No. 7   Springfield District Coal Company   1915 - 1918
Springfield District Coal Mine No. 57   Springfield District Coal Company   1918 - 1924
Peabody Coal Mine No. 57   Peabody Coal Company   1924 - 1950
Last reported production was in June 1950
[Source - No. 41, Index 440]
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Peabody No. 59 Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Sangamon County - Township 15 North, 5 West, Section 3, SE NW SW
Underground Mine, at a depth of 235 feet, and an average coal seam of 6 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Beard & Goodwin Coal Mine   Beard & Goodwin   1884 - 1885
Springfield Coal Mine No. 1   Springfield Coal & Tile Company   1885 - 1899
Springfield Colliery Coal Mine   Jones & Adams Coal Company   1899 - 1904
Illinois Collieries Coal Mine No. 8   Illinois Collieries Company   1904 - 1909
Jones & Adams Coal Mine   Springfield Colliery Company   1905 - 1908
Peerless Coal Mine No. 1   Jones & Adams Coal Company   1908 - 1918
Peerless Coal Mine   Peerless Coal Company   1918 - 1925
Idle   Peerless Coal Company   1925 - 1929
Peabody No. 59 Coal Mine   Peabody Coal Company   1930 - 1951
Last reported production was in September 1951
[Source - No. 41, Index 37]

Plains Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Sangamon County - Township 16 North, 7 West, Section 4
Underground Shaft Mine.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Plains Coal Mine   Plains Mining Company   1931 - 1934
Pleasant Plains Coal Mine   Pleasant Plains Coal Company   1935
Plains Coal Mine   Plains Mining Company   1936 - 1939
[Source - No. 41, Index 3356]

Riddle Hill Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Sangamon County - Township 16 North, 6 West, Section 32
Underground Shaft Mine.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Riddle Hill Coal Mine   Riddle Hill Coal Company   1938 - 1940
Frew Coal Mine   Robert Frew   1941
Riddle Hill Coal Mine   Riddle Hill Coal Company   1942
[Source - No. 41, Index 3355]

Riverton Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Sangamon County - Township 15 North, 5 West, Section 9, SW NW NE
Underground Mine, at a depth of 235 feet, and an average coal seam of 5.9 feet to 6 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Wabash Coal Mine   Wabash Coal & Mining Company   1882 - 1887
Junction Coal Mine   Junction Coal Company   1887 - 1888
Junction Coal Mine   Springfield Junction Coal Mining Company   1888 - 1897
Junction Coal Mine   Junction Mining Company   1897 - 1901
Riverton Coal Mine No. 3   Riverton Coal Company   1901 - 1902
Last reported production was in 1902
[Source - No. 41, Index 313]
      Years of operation and production before 1882 are not known. The 1882 Coal Report indicated 300 acres were mined. This is the probably location of Jacob Loose's mine, said to have opened in 1865 (in the 1873 History of Sangamon County).
 
1897 Annual Coal Report 8 - Labor Troubles
The miners of the Wabash Coal Co.'s mine at Dawson, suspended work June 1, 1897, owing to a reduction in the price of mining. The mine is not working at this time, July 1, 1897.

Sangamon Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Sangamon County - Township 16 North, 5 West, Section 26, NW SE NE
Underground Mine, at a depth of 256 feet, and an average coal seam of 6.6 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Sangamon Coal Mine No. 1
Sangamon Coal Mine No. 2
  Sangamon Coal & Mining Company   1881 - 1889
Tracy-Fisher Coal Mine   Tracy, Fisher & Company   1889 - 1890
Sangamon Coal Mine No. 2   Sangamon Coal Company   1890 - 1916
Wilcoxen Coal Mine   Wilcoxen Coal & Coke Company   1916 - 1917
Sangamon Coal Mine No. 2   Sangamon Coal Company   1917 - 1936
Last reported production was in April 1936
[Source - No. 41, Index 807]
 
1903 Annual Coal Report14 - Mine Fire.
Shaft, Tower, Engine and Boiler House Destroyed by Fire.
      The top works of the Sangamon Coal company, were destroyed by fire February 21, 1903. The engine house, boiler house, carpenter and blacksmith shops were burned and the fire extended down into the hoisting shaft, burning the curbing which caused the top part of the hoisting shaft to cave in; a number of men were working on repairs in the night shaft. They came out through the stairway at the escapement shaft. The mine is now working as usual. A steel tower has been erected and brick buildings have been erected for the engine, boiler, carpenter and blacksmith shops. A new pair of first motion engines, 18 by 32 inches, built by the Ætna Foundry and Machine shop, Springfield, Ill., have been put in for hoisting. The plant on the surface is now first-class in every particular.
 
1917 28 - New Mines
      The following mine has been reopened: Sangamon County Mining Company,Springfield.

Sangamon Valley Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Sangamon County - Township 17 North, 5 West, Section 33
Underground Mine, at a depth of 138 feet, and an average coal seam of 6 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Sangamon Valley Coal Mine   Sangamon Valley Coal Company   1939 - 1940
Sangamon Valley Coal Mine   Fred Othen   1941
Sangamon Valley Coal Mine   Sangamon Valley Coal Company   1942 - 1947
Last reported production was in 1947
[Source - No. 41, Index 3359]

Skaggs & Hoheimer Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Sangamon County - Pleasant Plains
Underground Mine at a depth of 108 feet to 110 feet with an average coal seam of 4½ feet to 5½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Goetz Coal Mine   John Goetz   1912 - 1914
Skaggs & Hoheimer Coal Mine   Skaggs & Hoheimer   1914 - 1915
[Source - No. 41]

Spaulding Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Sangamon County - Township 16 North, 4 West, Section 4
Underground Mine, at a depth of 238 feet, and an average coal seam of 6.1 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Riverton Coal Mine No. 2   Riverton Coal Company   1883 - 1884
Sangamon Coal Mine No. 2   Sangamon Coal & Mining Company   1884 - 1886
Illinois Fuel Coal Mine   Illinois Fuel Company   1886 - 1893
Spaulding Coal Mine   Phoenix Coal Company   1893 - 1895
Spaulding Coal Mine   William Rutledge   1895 - 1896
Spaulding Coal Mine No. 1   Spaulding Coal Company   1896 - 1905
Spaulding Coal Mine No. 1   Standard Washed Coal Company   1905 - 1911
Springfield Coal Mine   Springfield Coal Company   1911
Idle   Springfield Coal Company   1912
Spaulding Coal Mine No. 1   Spaulding Coal Company   1912 - 1913
Last reported production was in Febraury 1913
[Source - No. 41, Index 310]
 
1912 Annual Coal Report23 - Mine Fires.
      On the morning of May 5, 1912, the top works of the Spaulding Coal Company's mine at Spaulding, Sangamon County, caught, fire and were entirely destroyed, including fan, engine and boiler room.

Springfield Coal & Mining Company
1903 Annual Coal Report14 - New and Prospective Mines.
      A new coal company has been incorporated since the last report, under the name of the Springfield Coal and Mining company. This company has bought the mines of the Riverton Coal company, Starnes Coal company, Black Diamond Coal company, and the Junction Mining company. The president of the company is J. A. Agee; D. D. Shumway, general manager; Wm. A. Jess, secretary and treasurer. The Riverton mines will be known as Nos. 1 and 2; the Starnes' mine as No. 3; the Black Diamond mine as No. 4, and the Junction mine as No. 5.
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Springfield Coal Mine No. 1
The legal description lists this as :
   Sangamon County - Township 16 North, 4 West, Section 9
Underground Shaft Mine.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Riverton Coal Mine   Riverton Coal & Mining Company   1881 - 1902
Springfield Coal Mine No. 1   Springfield Coal & Mining Company   1902 - 1911
[Source - No. 41, Index 3345]
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Springfield Coal Mine No. 3
The legal description lists this as :
   Sangamon County - Township 16 North, 5 West, Section 24, SW SE NW
Underground Mine, at a depth of 256 feet, and an average coal seam of 6.6 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Starnes Coal Mine   Sangamon Coal Company   prior to 1881 - 1889
  The production from 1883 to 1885 was reported
under Sangamon No. 3 Mine.
Starnes Coal Mine   Welsh, Starn & Company   1889 - 1889
Starnes Coal Mine   Starnes Coal Mining Company   1890 - 1902
Springfield Coal Mine No. 3   Springfield Coal & Mining Company   1902 - 1911
Last reported production was in 1911
[Source - No. 41, Index 3352]
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Springfield Coal Mine No. 4
The legal description lists this as :
   Sangamon County - Township 17 North, 7 West, Section 31, NW NW NW SE
Underground Mine, at a depth of 125 feet to 136 feet, and an average coal seam of 5½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Black Diamond Coal Mine   Speed Butler & Company   prior to 1881 - 1885
Black Diamond Coal Mine   J. W. Moore & Company   1885 - 1888
Black Diamond Coal Mine   Black Diamond Coal & Tile   1888 - 1902
Springfield Coal Mine No. 4   Springfield Coal & Mining Company   1902 - 1909
Last reported production was in 1909
[Source - No. 41, Index 3339]

Springfield Salisbury Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Sangamon County - Township 17 North, 6 West, Section 32
Underground Shaft Mine
Mine Name Operated By Years
Cronister & Davis Coal Mine   Cronister & Davis   1905 - 1910
Cronister Coal Mine   A. S. Cronister   1910 - 1911
Brandt Coal Mine   H. C. Brandt   1911 - 1914
Dabney & Jackson Coal Mine   Dabney & Jackson   1915 - 1916
Watkins & Dabney Coal Mine   Watkins & Dabney   1916 - 1917
Davis & Dabney Coal Mine   Davis & Dabney   1917 - 1922
Enders Coal Mine   Tony Enders   1922 - 1923
Ditmer & Holmberg Coal Mine   Ditmer & Holmberg   1923 - 1924
Salisbury Coal Mine   Salisbury Coal Company   1924 - 1925
Jones & Meredith Coal Mine   Jones & Meredith   1925 - 1926
Davis Coal Mine   Scott Davis & Company   1927 - 1933
Springfield Salisbury Coal Mine   Springfield Salisbury Coal   1934 - 1943
Wilson Coal Mine   Wilson Brothers   1943
Springfield Salisbury Coal Mine   Springfield Salisbury Coal   1944 - 1947
[Source - No. 41, Index 3363]

Trutter Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Sangamon County - Township 17 North, 7 West, Section 31, NW NW NW SE
Underground Mine, at a depth of 125 feet to 136 feet, and an average coal seam of 5½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Springfield & Pleasant Plains Coal Mine   Springfield & Pleasant Plains Company   1898 - 1901
Trutter Coal Mine   Trutter Coal Company   1901 - 1906
Last reported production was in 1906
[Source - No. 41, Index 3365]
 
1901 Annual Coal Report12 - Changes of Ownership
      The Springfield & Pleasant Plains Coal Co., Pleasant Plains, Sangamon county, has sold its mine at that place to Joseph Trutter, of Springfield. Mr. Trutter has sunk a new hoisting shaft, and is now putting up the tower and placing the engines and boilers; the present hoisting shaft will be dismantled as a hoisting shaft, and ladders put in so that it can be used as an escapement shaft. A portion of the shaft will be used for ventilation.
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1905 Annual Coal Report16 - Prospective Mines.
      The Trutter Coal Co., Springfield. Sangamon county, is sinking a new shaft on the line of the B. & O. R. R., four miles west of Springfield. The main shaft is now down to the coal, 174 feet, the coal seam is about six feet thick.

Union Fuel Coal Mines
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Union Fuel Coal Mine No. 2
The legal description lists this as :
   Sangamon County - Township 15 North, 4 West, Section 5
Underground Mine, at a depth of 220 feet, and an average coal seam of 5.8 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Tuxhorn Coal Mine   Riverton Coal Company   1903 - 1919
Union Fuel Coal Mine No. 2   Union Fuel Company   1919 - 1924
Last reported production was in April 1924
[Source - No. 41, Index 312]
 
1903 Annual Coal Report14 - New and Prospective Mines.
      A new mine has been sunk on the line of the Cincinnati, Hamilton & Dayton railroad, about two and one-half miles east of the corporate limits of the city of Springfield, Sangamon county, by the Tuxhorn Coal company. It is intended by the owners to make this a model shaft. The main hoisting shaft is now down, and through the coal; the air and escapement shafts are not down but will be started in the near future.
 
1904 Annual Coal Report15 - New Mines
      The Tuxhorn Coal Co., Springfield, has opened out a new mine at Keys, Sangamon county, on the C. H. & D. railroad, three miles east of the corporate limits of the city of Springfield. The main shaft is 220 feet deep, 8½ x l4½ feet in the clear; the air shaft is 222 feet deep and 8½ x 14 feet in the clear; five feet is taken off of one end of the latter for a stairway and escapement.
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Union Fuel Coal Mine No. 3
The legal description lists this as :
   Sangamon County - Township 13 North, 6 West, Section 10, NW NE NE
Underground Mine, at a depth of 263 to 285 feet feet, and an average coal seam of 6¾ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Auburn Coal Mine   Dawson, Poley & Company   1881 - 1882
Idle   Dawson, Poley & Company   1883
Auburn Coal Mine   Auburn Coal & Tile Company   1883 - 1887
Auburn Coal Mine   Dennis Noonan   1887 - 1888
Auburn Coal Mine   Auburn Cooperative Coal Company   1888 - 1890
Auburn Coal Mine   Auburn Coal Company   1890 - 1899
Chicago-Auburn Coal Mine   Chicago-Auburn Coal Company   1899 - 1900
Auburn & Alton Coal Mine   Auburn & Alton Coal Company   1900 - 1919
Union Fuel Coal Mine No. 3   Union Fuel Company   1919 - 1924
Last reported production was in February 1924
[Source - No. 41, Index 441]
 
1885 Annual Coal Report1 - Collieries in Sangamon County
Auburn Coal Co.
      Some improvements have been made at this mine during the year as regards a better system of ventilation, and the air-courses have been made wider. Both escapement shaft and hoisting shaft are used as downcasts. The hoisting shaft has an air chamber for the furnace. Very little business is done at this shaft during the summer months. A small cage is used in the escapement shaft, and in case miners have to be taken out that way, a small hoisting engine is provided.
H. Dawson, Jr., Manager; P. M. Yoakley, Mine Manager.
 
See : Explosion of February 25, 1903
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Union Fuel Coal Mine No. 5
The legal description lists this as :
   Sangamon County - Township 17 North, 4 West, Section 17, NW S$E NW
Underground Mine, at a depth of 267 feet, and an average coal seam of 5½ feet to 6 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Williamsville Coal Mine   Williamsville Coal Company   1892 - 1915
Idle       1916 - 1917
Chicago-Williamsville Coal Mine   Chicago-Williamsville Coal Company   1917 - 1919
Union Fuel Coal Mine No. 5   Union Fuel Company   1919 - 1924
Last reported production was in April 1924
[Source - No. 41, Index 40]

Wenneborg Coal Mines
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Wenneborg Coal Mine No. 1
The legal description lists this as :
   Sangamon County - Township 15 North, 7 West, Section 4
Slope Mine.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Wenneborg Coal Mine No. 1   Otto P. Wenneborg   1922 - 1942
[Source - No. 41, Index 3341]
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Wenneborg Coal Mine No. 2
The legal description lists this as :
   Sangamon County - Township 17 North, 4 West, Section 19, NW SE SW
Underground Mine at a depth of 244 feet with a coal seam of 5½ feet to 5.8 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Howard Coal Mine   Howard Brothers
Frank Howard & Charles Howard
  1926 - 1927
Howard Coal Mine   Howard Coal Company   1928
Howard Coal Mine   Frank Howard   1929 - 1931
Howard Coal Mine   Howard Coal Company   1932 - 1942
Wenneborg Coal Mine No. 2   Wenneborg Coal Company   1942 - 1954
Last reported production was in May 1954
[Source - No. 41, Index 680]

Whitehurst Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Sangamon County - Township 17 North, 6 West
Underground Mine.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Golloday Coal Mine   W. H. Golloday   1893 - 1894
Antle Coal Mine   N. C. Antle   1894 - 1895
Golloday & Brandt Coal Mine   Golloday & Brandt   1895 - 1898
Gordon & Duncan Coal Mine   Gordon & Duncan   1898 - 1899
Gordon Coal Mine   John P. Gordon   1899 - 1904
Whitehurst Coal Mine   W. U. Whitehurst   1904 - 1908
[Source - No. 41, Index 3361]

Williamson Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :
   Sangamon County - Township 14 North, 7 West, Section 16
Mine Name Operated By Years
Williamson Coal Mine   C. C. Williamson & G. S. Williamson   Unknown
[Source - No. 41, Index 4859]

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