Mine Index 0045   Wasson Coal Company,   Wasson No. 1 Mine

Unlocated Mines In: Saline unlocated
County: Saline
Quadrangle: Eldorado
County Coal Data: Saline
Shown On Map: Yes
Unlocated: No

Mine Index Number: 0045

Company Name: Wasson Coal Company
Mine Name: Wasson No. 1 Mine
Start Date: 1907 End Date: March 1952
Type of Mine: Underground
Total acres shown: 2,895
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 (9x14) Saline 8S 6E 36 NW SE NE
Air shaft (9x12) Saline 8S 6E 36 NW SE NE


Thickness (ft)
Seam Depth (ft) Min Max Ave Mining Method
Springfield 318 4.33 6.5 5.0 MRP

Geological Problems Reported

One man was killed as the result of a 1911 gas explosion; a 1912 gas explosion killed 2 men. Little timbering was required in this mine. Faults having throws of up to 30 feet were found, with most of the displacement being vertical. At least one steep grade in the mine necessitated the purchase of a special slope hoist. The source map shows that the faults trended northwest-southeast, with subsidiary faults roughly perpendicular. These faults show clearly on the accompanying map in the interruption of the mining pattern. One 25 to 30-foot wide igneous dike was found to cut through the coal along the west section line (30- T8S-R7E). It did not displace the coal but did naturally coke the coal for about 40 feet. Some calcite and pyrite veins and nodules were found throughout the coal, but they were not persistent.


Company Mine Name Date Production (tons)
Wasson Coal Company Wasson No. 1 1907-1952 16,641,583
Total Production: 16,641,583

Production Notes

Coal Report production (if available)

Sources of Data

Source Map Map Date Original Scale Digitized Scale Map Type
Microfilm, document 352843 3-17-1952 1:2400 1:5297 Final

Annotated Bibliography (Data source - brief description of information)

Coal Reports - Production, ownership, years of operation.
Directory of Illinois Coal Mines (Saline County) - Mine names, mine index, ownership, years of operation.
Mine notes (Saline County) - Mine type, shaft location, seam, depth, thickness, geologic problems.
Field notes (Saline County) - Geologic problems.
Microfilm map, document 352843, reel 03140, frames 452-457 -Shaft locations, mine outline, mining method.

Mine Notes

Mine Images