Mine Index 2423   Ratcliffe Coal Company,   Ratcliffe Mine

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Unlocated Mines In: Henry unlocated
County: Henry
Quadrangle: Kewanee North
County Coal Data: Henry
Shown On Map: Yes
Unlocated: No

Mine Index Number: 2423

Company Name: Ratcliffe Coal Company
Mine Name: Ratcliffe Mine
Start Date: Unknown End Date: 1929
Type of Mine: Underground
Total acres shown: 13
Acres after map date: General Area of mining acres shown: 13

Area shown is a general area of mining, which may not only relate to the Ratcliffe Coal Company mine.

Shaft, Slope, Drift or Tipple Location(s)

Type County Township-Range Section Part Section
Main shaft Henry 15N 5E 27 NE NW SW This mine may be located near the NE corner NW, section 27. At least three different locations were given in the ISGS mine notes, and topographic discrepancies on the microfilm map make this mine impossible to locate with any degree of accuracy.


Thickness (ft)
Seam Depth (ft) Min Max Ave Mining Method
Herrin 90 4.5 4.0 MRP

Geological Problems Reported

The largest percentage of impurities consisted of clay lenses. A number of cracks extended from the floor to the roof and were filled with clay. “Whitetop”, a white clay filling cracks and spaces between small coal pieces, was reported as present in this mine, although it was not as common as in some of the other mines in the area. The roof was bad over the areas of white top.


Company Mine Name Date Production (tons)
Ratcliffe Coal Company Ratcliffe Unknown - 1929 none The annual Coal Report lists production from 11 different Ratcliffe mines between 1914 and 1929. The Ratcliffe mines produced a total of 123,837 tons, which would have mined out 35 to 50 acres of coal.

Production Notes

Coal Report production (if available)

Sources of Data

Source Map Map Date Original Scale Digitized Scale Map Type
Federal Land Bank Report 8-1935 1:125000 1:125000 Secondary source
Microfilm, document 351489 6-4-1923 1:538 not digitized The microfilm map fails to adequately locate the mine, placing it near a section coordinate that does not have thepublic road also shown in the required configuration. (unregisterable)

Annotated Bibliography (Data source - brief description of information)

Coal Reports - Production, ownership, years of operation.
Directory of Illinois Coal Mines (Henry County) - Mine names, mine index, ownership, years of operation.
Mine notes (Henry County) - Mine type, shaft location, seam, depth, thickness.
Microfilm map, document 351489, reel 03136, frame 239 - Mining method.

Mine Notes

Mine Images