Mine Index 0038   Peabody Coal Company,   Peabody No. 53 Mine

Unlocated Mines In: Sangamon unlocated
County: Sangamon
Quadrangle: Springfield East
Springfield West
New City
County Coal Data: Sangamon
Shown On Map: Yes
Unlocated: No

Mine Index Number: 0038

Company Name: Peabody Coal Company
Mine Name: Peabody No. 53 Mine
Start Date: 1887 End Date: July 1944
Type of Mine: Underground
Total acres shown: 3,115
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 Sangamon 15N 5W 3 SE NW SW
Air shaft Sangamon 15N 5W 3 SE NW SE
Air shaft Sangamon 15N 5W 3 SW NE SE


Thickness (ft)
Seam Depth (ft) Min Max Ave Mining Method
Springfield 250 4.5 6.3 5.8 RPP

Geological Problems Reported

The roof consisted of up to 4 feet of black shale. The chief impurity of the coal was the presence of clay veins or "horsebacks" up to 6 feet wide. The horsebacks commonly extended up into the roof but did not extend down into the floor


Company Mine Name Date Production (tons)
Central Coal Company Central 1887-1891 160,179
Woodside Coal Company Woodside 1891-1915 3,994,746
Springfield District Coal Company Springfield District No. 3 1915-1918 689,679
Springfield District Coal Company Springfield District No. 53 1918-1924 1,728,489
Peabody Coal Company Peabody No. 53 1924-1944 7,318,004
Total Production: 13,891,097

Production Notes

Coal Report production (if available)

Sources of Data

Source Map Map Date Original Scale Digitized Scale Map Type
Microfilm, document 351212 7-31-1944 1:2400 1:9748 Final
Company, 4103.S33 i5.1-50 11-15-1930 1:2400 1:2400 Not final

Annotated Bibliography (Data source - brief description of information)

Coal Reports - Production, ownership, years of operation.
Directory of Illinois Coal Mines (Sangamon County) - Mine names, mine index, ownership, years of operation.
Mine notes (Sangamon County) - Mine type, shaft location, seam, depth, thickness.
Microfilm map, document 351212, reel 03134, frames 403-404 - Mine outline, mining method.
Company map, ISGS map library, 4103.S33 i5.1-50 - Shaft locations, mine type.

Mine Notes

Mine Images


Additional Notes

Additional Notes