Mine Index 0124   Peabody Coal Company,   Peabody No. 47 Mine

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

Mine Index Number: 0124

Company Name: Peabody Coal Company
Mine Name: Peabody No. 47 Mine
Start Date: 1916 End Date: April 1951
Type of Mine: Underground
Total acres shown: 4,595
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 Saline 8S 5E 27 SE SE SW
Air shaft Saline 8S 5E 27 NE SE SW


Thickness (ft)
Seam Depth (ft) Min Max Ave Mining Method
Springfield 416-420 4.5 8.0 4.67-6.0 RPP

Geological Problems Reported

A 1921 gas explosion killed 12 miners, and a 1920 gas explosion killed 1 man. Faults were present throughout the mine, most trending northwest-southeast. Some halted mine expansion. Others were mined through, but the amounts of displacement were not noted on the source map. Above the coal was a shale that made a competent roof, except during humid summer when the shale “sweated” and slabbed off, producing many falls. The northernmost part of the mine had several areas identified as bad top. This same area was also shown on the source map to have a two-foot split of rock in the middle of the coal. In the southern part of the mine, an area was labeled ‘squeeze’. Some pyrite concretions and lenses were found in the coal. The floor, which was 2 to 3 feet of shale, heaved some, but was underlain by hard limestone.


Company Mine Name Date Production (tons)
Harrisburg Colliery Company Harco 1916-1923Idle 1921 2,256,378
Saline County Coal Corporation Saline County No. 7 1923-1927 2,865,728
Saline County Coal Corporation Saline County No. 47 1928-1928 897,606
Peabody Coal Company Peabody No. 47 1929-1951 14,991,905
Total Production: 21,011,617

Production Notes

Coal Report production (if available)

Sources of Data

Source Map Map Date Original Scale Digitized Scale Map Type
State archive, IL_2590 4-27-1951 1:12000 1:12000 Final

Annotated Bibliography (Data source - brief description of information)

Coal Reports - Production, ownership, years of operation, geologic problems.
Directory of Illinois Coal Mines (Saline County) - Mine names, mine index, ownership, years of operation.
Mine notes (Saline County) - Mine type, shaft location, seam, thickness, geologic problems.
State archive, IL_2590 - Shaft locations, mine outline, mining method, depth, geologic problems.

Mine Notes

Mine Images

[[:Peabody No. 47|Peabody No. 47]]These files may not be true to scale and are not georgistered. Map Type: State Archive
Map ID: IL_2590
Company: Peabody Coal Company
Mine Name: Peabody No. 47
Map Date: 04-27-1951
Map Status: Final
Image Credit:
More Info: M0124 IL 2590 03
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