Mine Index 0105   Spoon River Coal Company,   Spoon River Mine

Unlocated Mines In: Fulton unlocated
County: Fulton
Quadrangle: London Mills
County Coal Data: Fulton
Shown On Map: Yes
Unlocated: No

Mine Index Number: 0105

Company Name: Spoon River Coal Company
Mine Name: Spoon River Mine
Start Date: 1902 End Date: February 1926
Type of Mine: Underground
Total acres shown: 235
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 Fulton 8N 2E 28 NE NE SW
Air shaft Fulton 8N 2E 28 NE NE SW
Old shaft Fulton 8N 2E 28 NE NE SW
Escape shaft Fulton 8N 2E 28 NW SW NE
Air shaft Fulton 8N 2E 21 SW NE SE
Air shaft Fulton 8N 2E 28 NE SE SW


Thickness (ft)
Seam Depth (ft) Min Max Ave Mining Method
Rock Island 35-46 3.5 6.0 4.0 RPB

Geological Problems Reported

Some faulting was noted, with up to 2 feet of displacement, which made for a steep grade along haulage routes. An area south of the hoist shaft caved to the surface where the old creek bed was located (north of current stream bed). Other areas of caving were noted on the source map, generally in areas where the roof would have been thin (NE SW 28-T8N-R2E, SW SW NE 28-T8N-R2E and SE NE NW 28-T8N-R2E). The caprock and sometimes immediate roof was limestone, ranging from 0 to 5 feet above the coal. Where limestone was not directly above the coal, the immediate roof was a gray shale clod without prominent laminations. The clod was difficult to keep up; areas noted for clod on the source map were E ½ SE 21-T8N-R2E and SW NW SW 22-T8N-R2E. Thin coal stopped westward mining in SE SE & NW NE 28-T8N-R2E. Rolls were noted in the roof in some places. The coal seam contained pyrite bands. A few concretions were noted in the coal. Brownish laminated pyrite with carbonaceous material was present in lenses between the coal and cap rock. The lenses were up to 18 inches thick and sometimes continuous for up to 150 feet. There was more pyrite close to the crop and where the coal was thin. The underclay was 2.0 to 3.0 feet thick, but was very hard and did not heave (although the upper 8 to 10 inches softened on weathering). A squeeze was noted on the source map in NE NE SE 21-T8N-R2E.


Company Mine Name Date Production (tons)
Spoon River Coal Company Spoon River 1902-1922 946,667
Ellisville Coal Mining Company Spoon River 1922-1924 240,236
Spoon River Coal Company Spoon River 1924-1926 108,682
Total Production: 1,295,585

Production Notes

Coal Report production (if available)

Sources of Data

Source Map Map Date Original Scale Digitized Scale Map Type
Microfilm, document 351590 2-19-1926 1:1200 1:2400 Final

Annotated Bibliography (Data source - brief description of information)

Coal Reports - Production, ownership, years of operation.
Directory of Illinois Coal Mines (Fulton County) - Mine names, mine index, ownership, years of operation.
Mine notes (Fulton County) - Mine type, shaft location, seam, depth, thickness.
Microfilm map, document 351590, reel 03136, frames 381-385 - Shaft locations, mine outline, mining method.

Mine Notes

Mine Images