Mine Index 0027   Tazewell Coal Company,   Tazewell Mine

Unlocated Mines In: Tazewell unlocated
County: Tazewell
Quadrangle: Marquette Heights
County Coal Data: Tazewell
Shown On Map: Yes
Unlocated: No

Mine Index Number: 0027

Company Name: Tazewell Coal Company
Mine Name: Tazewell Mine
Start Date: 1900 End Date: March 1924
Type of Mine: Underground
Total acres shown: 596
Acres after map date: General Area of mining acres shown:

Shaft, Slope, Drift or Tipple Location(s)

Type County Township-Range Section Part Section
Shaft It is not clear on the source map which shaft is the hoist and which is the air shaft. Tazewell 24N 4W 6 SW SW NW
Shaft It is not clear on the source map which shaft is the hoist and which is the air shaft. Tazewell 24N 5W 1 SE SE NE


Thickness (ft)
Seam Depth (ft) Min Max Ave Mining Method
Springfield 162 4.3 4.8 4.6 RPP

Geological Problems Reported

The limestone caprock was 1.5 to 2.0 feet above the coal, and was only solid locally, averaging 7 inches thick. Below the limestone was 1 foot of clod and 1 foot of massive black shale that stuck to the coal. Some concretions were present, fewer than other mines in the area. These concretions were fairly large, 5 by 24 inches. Thin pyrite lenses were common the lower part of the shale. Horsebacks were numerous, averaging 15 to 20 feet apart. Pyrite was heavier near the horsebacks, generally occurring as soft “brown sulphur”. Thin clay seams were also present in the coal. The floor was 2 feet of fire clay that heaved badly when exposed to air and more so when wet. The mine was generally dry.


Company Mine Name Date Production (tons)
Ubben Coal Company Ubben 1900-1903 58,800
Tazewell Coal Company Tazewell, Big Four 1903-1924 2,030,532
Total Production: 2,089,332

Production Notes

Coal Report production (if available)

Sources of Data

Source Map Map Date Original Scale Digitized Scale Map Type
Microfilm, document 352855 5-1-1924 1:2400 1:4303 Final
Company, 4103.T3 i5.1-5 5-1-1924 1:2400 1:2400 Final

Annotated Bibliography (Data source - brief description of information)

Coal Reports - Production, ownership, years of operation.
Directory of Illinois Coal Mines (Tazewell County) - Mine names, mine index, ownership, years of operation.
Mine notes (Tazewell County) - Mine type, shaft location, seam, depth, thickness, geologic problems.
Microfilm map, document 352855, reel 03140, frames 472 & 473 - Mine outline, shaft locations, mining method.
Company map, ISGS map library, 4103.T3 i5.1-5 - Mine outline (southern).

Mine Notes

Mine Images

https://wikiimage.isgs.illinois.edu/ilmines/tazewell/thumbnails/m0027_th.jpgThese files may not be true to scale and are not georgistered. Map Type: Microfilm
Map ID: 352855 03140, 472-473, 26x
Company: Tazewell Coal Company
Mine Name:
Map Date: 5-1-1924
Map Status: Final
Image Credit:
More Info: M0027
Full Res Download:These files are true to scale and most are georegistered for gis software. These files may be a very large (>1GB) download! https://wikiimage.isgs.illinois.edu/ilmines/tazewell/m0027.zip