Mine Index 0865   Amax Coal Company,   Sun Spot Mine

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Unlocated Mines In: Fulton unlocated
County: Fulton
Quadrangle: Astoria
County Coal Data: Fulton
Shown On Map: Yes
Unlocated: No

Mine Index Number: 0865

Company Name: Amax Coal Company
Mine Name: Sun Spot Mine
Start Date: 1962 End Date: December 1983
Type of Mine: Surface
Total acres shown: 8,883 The area shown on the accompanying map is larger than expected for the reported production.
Production Indicated Acres: 4,700 General Area of mining acres shown:

Shaft, Slope, Drift or Tipple Location(s)

Type County Township-Range Section Part Section
Tipple Fulton 3N1 E 4 SW NE NE


Thickness (ft)
Seam Depth (ft) Min Max Ave Mining Method
Springfield 22 4.65 Surface
Colchester 40-70 2.0-2.43 Surface

Geological Problems Reported

The Colchester Coal had occasional pyrite lenses and numerous nodules. The nodules were flattened ovals, up to 3 inches across. Pyrite and calcite were present on vertical facings. Clay dikes were present, some as small as 0.1 inch wide, while others were several inches to a foot wide.


Company Mine Name Date Production (tons)
Delta Coal Corporation Sun Spot 1962-1962 40,979
Thunderbird Collieries Corporation Sun Spot 1963-1966 2,875,877
Ayrshire Collieries Corporation Sun Spot 1967-1971 4,191,689
Amax Coal Company Sun Spot 1972-1983 10,478,068
Total Production: 17,586,613

Production Notes

Coal Report production (if available)

Sources of Data

Source Map Map Date Original Scale Digitized Scale Map Type
NAIP digital ortho-photo quadrangle 2015 1:6000 1:6000 Secondary source

Annotated Bibliography (Data source - brief description of information)

Coal Reports - Production, ownership, years of operation.
Directory of Illinois Coal Mines (Fulton County) - Mine names, mine index, ownership, years of operation.
Mine notes (Fulton County) - Mine type, mine location, seam, depth, thickness, geologic problems.
National Agriculture Imagery Program map, digital ortho-photo quadrangle map, Ipava Quadrangle, 2015 - Mine outlines.

Mine Notes

Mine Images