Mine Index 0039   Peabody Coal Company,   Peabody No. 6 Mine

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Unlocated Mines In: Sangamon unlocated
County: Sangamon
Quadrangle: Williamsville
Springfield East
County Coal Data: Sangamon
Shown On Map: Yes
Unlocated: No

Mine Index Number: 0039

Company Name: Peabody Coal Company
Mine Name: Peabody No. 6 Mine
Start Date: 1904 End Date: March 1927
Type of Mine: Underground
Total acres shown: 2,009
Acres after map date: General Area of mining acres shown:

Shaft, Slope, Drift or Tipple Location(s)

Type County Township-Range Section Part Section
Main shaft 10 ft x 20 ft Sangamon 17N 5W 36 400FSL, 1150 FEL


Thickness (ft)
Seam Depth (ft) Min Max Ave Mining Method
Springfield 198 6.0 RPP

Geological Problems Reported

The black shale roof was 2 to 3 ft thick and contained concretions that sometimes extended down into the coal. The concretions were up to 2 ft in diameter. The coal was clean with occasional pyrite bands (up to 1 inch thick) that were irregular and not extensive. A large number of horsebacks were seen, normally 2 to 4 inches across, that often extended through the entire thickness of the coal. The coal was frozen to the fire clay floor.


Company Mine Name Date Production (tons)
Peabody Coal Company Peabody 1904-1905 118,835
Illinois Midland Coal Company Peabody No. 6 1905-1913 2,029,950
Peabody Coal Company Peabody No. 6 1913-1927 7,028,855
Total Production: 9,177,640

Production Notes

Coal Report production (if available)

Sources of Data

Source Map Map Date Original Scale Digitized Scale Map Type
Microfilm, document 351220 1931 1:2400 1:5640 Final This map has several areas that appear to be unmined, but they are probably areas of old workings that the surveyors were not able to access. We consider these to be mined-out.

Annotated Bibliography (Data source - brief description of information)

Coal Reports - Production, ownership, years of operation.
Directory of Illinois Coal Mines (Sangamon County) - Mine names, mine index, ownership, years of operation.
ENR Document 85/01 - Mining method.
Microfilm map, document 351220, reel 03134, frames 414-419 - Mine outline, shaft locations.

Mine Notes

Mine Images