Mine Index 0135   Saline River Coal Company,   Saline River Mine

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

Mine Index Number: 0135

Company Name: Saline River Coal Company
Mine Name: Saline River Mine
Start Date: 1905 End Date: March 1927
Type of Mine: Underground
Total acres shown: 180
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 slope An additional slope was noted on the source map, an escape slope that was originally the main slope for Sanks Mine (mine index 2194). Gallatin 9S 8E 23 SW NE NW
Air shaft Gallatin 9S 8E 23 SE NE NW
Air shaft Gallatin 9S 8E 14 SE SW SW


Thickness (ft)
Seam Depth (ft) Min Max Ave Mining Method
Springfield 40 4.17 4.83 4.67 MRP

Geological Problems Reported

The source map indicated water was a problem in the westernmost part of the mine. The roof was mainly black slate with very little draw slate, but in some areas it was grey shale, which came down with the coal. The black slate also contained many concretions. There were some small slips in the roof that required some timbering. Pyrite stringers and lenses were found throughout the coal.


Company Mine Name Date Production (tons)
J. E. Dempsey Dempsey 1905-1908 Property title records indicate Dempsey Coal Company was operating as early as January 1893 at this location. No production was listed in the Coal Reports under this name. 24,439
Hickory Hill Coal Company Hickory Hill No. 1 1908-1924 Idle 1924 636,447
Saline Creek Coal Company Saline Creek 1924-1925 54,611
Saline River Coal Company Saline River 1926-1927 24,409
Total Production: 739,906

Production Notes

Coal Report production (if available)

Sources of Data

Source Map Map Date Original Scale Digitized Scale Map Type
Company, 4103.G3 i5.1-7 4-1-1927 1:2400 1:2400 Final

Annotated Bibliography (Data source - brief description of information)

Coal Reports - Production, ownership, years of operation, mining method.
Directory of Illinois Coal Mines (Gallatin County) - Mine names, mine index, ownership, years of operation.
Mine notes (Gallatin County) - Mine type, slope location, seam, depth, thickness, geologic problems.
Company map, ISGS map library, 4103.G3 i5.1-7 - Slope and shaft locations, mine outline, mining method, geologic problems.

Mine Notes

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