Mine Index 0047   Illinois Saline Coal Company,   Illinois Saline Mine

Unlocated Mines In: Gallatin unlocated
County: Gallatin
Quadrangle: Equality
County Coal Data: Gallatin
Shown On Map: Yes
Unlocated: No

Mine Index Number: 0047

Company Name: Illinois Saline Coal Company
Mine Name: Illinois Saline Mine
Start Date: 1882 End Date: December 1930
Type of Mine: Underground
Total acres shown: 290
Acres after map date: Less than 1 General Area of mining acres shown:

Shaft, Slope, Drift or Tipple Location(s)

Type County Township-Range Section Part Section
Main shaft Gallatin 9S 8E 18 NE SE SE
Air shaft Gallatin 9S 8E 18 SE NE SE
Old shaft (pre-flood) Gallatin 9S 8E 20 NW NW NW
Old air shaft Gallatin 9S 8E 19 NE NE NE


Thickness (ft)
Seam Depth (ft) Min Max Ave Mining Method
Springfield 80(old), 90-98(new) 4.67 MRP

Geological Problems Reported

The source map showed an east-west trending fault, part of the Cottage Grove Fault System, in the northern part of the mine, where the coal was down-thrown about 5 feet on the northern side. The coal dipped in all directions from the shaft, with the northeastern workings 48 feet deeper than the bottom of the old shaft. The mine flooded in the spring of 1913, destroying the old shaft and all the mine equipment. The irregular roof contained concretions, and draw slate came down with the coal. The coal displayed occasional slip planes with calcite along them. The floor was a fine clay which tended to heave when wet.


Company Mine Name Date Production (tons)
Equality Coal Company Equality 1882-1883 not reported
Cassells, Temple & Company Equality 1883-1887 Idle 1885-1887 30,000
Equality Coal Company Equality 1887-1900 370,340
Hugh Murray Equality 1900-1902 37,140
Gallatin Coal & Coke Company Equality 1902-1916 Idle 1914 & 1915 because of flooding and subsequent damage to the mine. A new shaft was constructed. 553,146
Northern Coal Company Northern No. 4 1916-1917 53,316
Gallatin Coal & Coke Company West Side 1917-1925 Idle 1922, 1924 & 1925 448,045
Equality Coal Company West Side 1926-1926 9,663
Saline Gas Coal Company Saline Gas No. 4 1927-1929 44,782
Illinois Saline Coal Company Illinois Saline 1930-1930 2,350 Production after map date
Total Production: 1,548,782

Production Notes

Coal Report production (if available)

Sources of Data

Source Map Map Date Original Scale Digitized Scale Map Type
Microfilm, document 351531 1929 1:2400 1:8228 Not final
Microfilm, document 351530 6-17-1921 1:2400 1:8228 Not final

Annotated Bibliography (Data source - brief description of information)

Coal Reports - Production, ownership, years of operation, mining method, geologic problems.
Mine notes (Gallatin County) - Mine type, shaft locations, seam, depth, thickness, geologic problems.
Microfilm map, document 351531, reel 03136, frames 292 & 293 - Shaft locations, mine outline, mining method, geologic problems.
Microfilm map, document 351530, reel 03136, frames 290 & 291 - Mine outline (old works).

Mine Notes

Mine Images