Mine Index 2973   Alden Coal Company,   Alden No. 2 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: 2973

Company Name: Alden Coal Company
Mine Name: Alden No. 2 Mine
Start Date: 1899 End Date: June 30, 1905
Type of Mine: Underground
Total acres shown: 249
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 Mercer 14N 2W 9 NE NW SW
Air shaft According to the 1901 Coal Report, an auxiliary air shaft was sunk at the active face, about one mile south and one-quarter of a mile west of the main shaft. The air shaft is not shown on the accompanying map as the distances arevague and the shaft location is not from an accurate mine map. Mercer 14N 2W 9


Thickness (ft)
Seam Depth (ft) Min Max Ave Mining Method
Rock Island 135 4.5 RP

Geological Problems Reported

One fatality was caused by a roof fall while top coal was being recovered.


Company Mine Name Date Production (tons)
Alden Coal Company Alden No. 2 1899-1905 749,927
Total Production: 749,927

Production Notes

Coal Report production (if available)

Sources of Data

Source Map Map Date Original Scale Digitized Scale Map Type
Coal Section files (Alexis Quadrangle) Undated 1:62500 1:62500 Secondary source

Annotated Bibliography (Data source - brief description of information)

Coal Reports - Production, ownership, years of operation, seam, depth, thickness, geologic problems.
Directory of Illinois Coal Mines (Mercer County) - Mine names, mine index, ownership, years of operation.
Mine notes (Mercer County) - Shaft location.
Coal Section files, undated work map on USGS topographic map, 15-minute Alexis Quadrangle - Shaft location, mine outline.

Mine Notes

Mine Images