Mine Index 2964   Blaine and Jones,   Pleasant Valley Mine

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Unlocated Mines In: Mercer unlocated
County: Mercer
Quadrangle: Viola
County Coal Data: Mercer
Shown On Map: Yes
Unlocated: No

Mine Index Number: 2964

Company Name: Blaine and Jones
Mine Name: Pleasant Valley Mine
Start Date: 1900 End Date: 1923
Type of Mine: Underground
Total acres shown: None
Production Indicated Acres: 11 General Area of mining acres shown:

Shaft, Slope, Drift or Tipple Location(s)

Type County Township-Range Section Part Section
Main slope Mercer 14N 2W 4 NW NW SE


Thickness (ft)
Seam Depth (ft) Min Max Ave Mining Method
Rock Island 15-18 3.75 5.0 4.0 RP

Geological Problems Reported

The shallow depth of the mine meant that the roof rocks were weathered and allowed water into the mine, which caused some difficulties. Slips of 1 foot or more and filled with clay were abundant. The coal seam had 6 inches of “false bottom” that did not separate easily from the good coal for loading. Pyrite was present in vertical veins and horizontal seams.


Company Mine Name Date Production (tons)
Jones and Boden Pleasant Valley 1900-1901 1,828
Arthur Jones Pleasant Valley 1901-1904 10,684
Jones and Hayburn Pleasant Valley 1904-1905 3,840
Arthur Jones Pleasant Valley 1905-1911 16,926
James Blaine Pleasant Valley 1911-1917 4,713
W. E. Blaine Pleasant Valley 1917-1918 833
James Blaine Pleasant Valley 1918-1920 455
Blaine Brothers Pleasant Valley 1920-1922 672
Blaine and Jones Pleasant Valley 1922-1923 3,904 Production was not listed in the 1922 Coal Report for mines producing less than 10,000 tons.
Total Production: 39,951

Production Notes

Coal Report production (if available)

Sources of Data

Source Map Map Date Original Scale Digitized Scale Map Type
Mine notes Undated 1:62500 1:62500 Secondary source

Annotated Bibliography (Data source - brief description of information)

Coal Reports - Production, ownership, years of operation, mining method.
Directory of Illinois Coal Mines (Mercer County) - Mine names, mine index, ownership, years of operation.
Mine notes (Mercer County) - Mine type, slope location, seam, depth, thickness, geologic problems, mine name.
ISGS field notes (H. R. Wanless, 7-13-1925) - Geologic problems.

Mine Notes

Mine Images