Mine Index 6077   Alfred Cliff,   Cliff Mine

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INTERPRETING A MINE SUMMARY SHEET
Unlocated Mines In: Marshall unlocated
County: Marshall
Quadrangle: Lacon
County Coal Data: Marshall
Shown On Map: Yes
Unlocated: No
MSHA ID:

Mine Index Number: 6077

Company Name: Alfred Cliff
Mine Name: Cliff Mine
Start Date: 1926 End Date: 1926
Type of Mine: Underground
Total acres shown: 80
Acres after map date: General Area of mining acres shown:

The outline and size of the mine or mines in this area is unknown and problematical. The ISGS field notes specified a shaft location at the southern end of the parcel shown on the accompanying map, and stated “mine worked about 40 acres north of shaft”. It seems unlikely that 40 contiguous acres were mined in this location; an area that size would require production from 120,000 to 200,000 tons. The unlocated mines shown at the back of this report shows no mines of that capacity. Subsidence of a shaft was rectified in 1999, and more subsidence was noted in 2007. Both areas are included within the outline for Cliff Mine, although 3 or more mines probably operated here, and mining may extend southward beyond the area shown on the accompanying map.

Shaft, Slope, Drift or Tipple Location(s)

Type County Township-Range Section Part Section
Shaft Marshall 13N 9E 14 NE SE NE The most likely location for a shaft whose workings extend northward is along the hill shown on the accompanying map at this location, NE SE NE. The location shown in the field notes is SE SE NE, but the written description was at SE SW NW. The field notes were unaccountably muddled, so two likely locations are shown on the accompanying map.
Shaft Marshall 13N 9E 14 SE SE NE The most likely location for a shaft whose workings extend northward is along the hill shown on the accompanying map at this location, NE SE NE. The location shown in the field notes is SE SE NE, but the written description was at SE SW NW. The field notes were unaccountably muddled, so two likely locations are shown on the accompanying map.
Shaft Marshall 13N 9E 14 SE SW NE This is the location of an air shaft with cribbing designated Western Avenue Mine by the Abandoned Mine Division of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The shaft was filled in 1999.

Geology

Thickness (ft)
Seam Depth (ft) Min Max Ave Mining Method
Danville 75 3.5 4.5-5.25

Geological Problems Reported

A sulfur band was present 18 inches from the bottom of the seam.

Production

Company Mine Name Date Production (tons)
Alfred Cliff Cliff 1926-1926 385
Total Production: 385

Production Notes

Coal Report production (if available)

Sources of Data

Source Map Map Date Original Scale Digitized Scale Map Type
ISGS field notes (G. H. Cady) 11-3-1931 (text only) 1:24000 The mine location was plotted on a 1:24000 USGS topographic map from the mine location description and digitized. Secondary source

Annotated Bibliography (Data source - brief description of information)

Coal Reports - Production, ownership, years of operation.
Directory of Illinois Coal Mines (Marshall County) - Mine names, mine index, ownership, years of operation.
ISGS field notes (Marshall County) - Mine type, shaft location, seam, depth, thickness, general area of mining.
Personal communication, Steve Getman of Marshall County & Joe Pelc of DNR, June 2007 - Shaft location, southern extent of mining.

Mine Notes

Mine Images

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