Mine Index 0119   Lincoln Coal Corporation,   Empire Mine

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

Mine Index Number: 0119

Company Name: Lincoln Coal Corporation
Mine Name: Empire Mine
Start Date: 1882 End Date: February 1928
Type of Mine: Underground
Total acres shown: 934
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 16N 5W 14 SW SW SW
Air shaft Sangamon 16N 5W 10 SE SW SE


Thickness (ft)
Seam Depth (ft) Min Max Ave Mining Method
Springfield 230 5.75 6.25 6.0 MRP

Geological Problems Reported

Hard, dark gray floor clay heaved when wet where the rooms were too wide.


Company Mine Name Date Production (tons)
Dickerson Coal Company Empire, No. 8 1882-1914 339,133 Exact dates of operation are not known. Production was not reported for the period from 1882 to 1910. Based on the area mined, production not recorded may have been about two million tons.
Montour Coal Company Empire, No. 400 1914-1919 951,826
Pittsburg Coal Company Pittsburg No. 400 1919-1921 390,163
Illinois Coal and Coke Corporation Empire, No. 1 1921-1928 1,306,523
Lincoln Coal Corporation Empire, No. 1 1928-1933 54,109 Idle 1929 to 1933; included in list of idle mines under the name of Lincoln Coal Company.
Panther Creek Mines, Inc. Panther Creek No. 6 unknown 0 Included on a map of Panther Creek properties dated 2-5-1931, and labeled “No. 6, abandoned”. No production listed under this name.
Total Production: 3,041,754

Production Notes

Coal Report production (if available)

Sources of Data

Source Map Map Date Original Scale Digitized Scale Map Type
Microfilm, document 351195 3-31-1928 unknown 1:4000 Not final Maps of the south part of the mine are not very detailed. Rooms are not shown and the entries are open to the south. The Illinois State Fairgrounds may have been undermined.
Microfilm, document 351208 4-15-1952 1:2400 1:5280 Final
WPA 1938-1940 1:12000 1:29333 Secondary source

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, geologic problems.
Microfilm map, document 351208, reel 03134, frame 394 (Panther Creek No. 5) - Shaft location, mine outline (southern).
Microfilm map, document 351195, reel 03134, frames 358-359 - Air shaft location, mine outline (northern), mining method.
WPA map - Mine outline (southern).

Mine Notes

Mine Images

https://go.illinois.edu/ILMImages/sangamon/thumbnails/sangamon_16n5w_th.jpgThese files may not be true to scale and are not georgistered. Map Type: WPA
Map ID: Sangamon, T16N R5W
Mine Name:
Map Date: 1938-1940
Map Status: Secondary
Image Credit:
More Info: Sangamon 16n5w
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://go.illinois.edu/ILMImages/sangamon/sangamon 16n5w.zip


Additional Notes