Mine Index 0232   Shuler Coal Company,   Alpha Mine

Unlocated Mines In: Henry unlocated
County: Henry
Quadrangle: New Windsor
County Coal Data: Henry
Shown On Map: Yes
Unlocated: No

Mine Index Number: 0232

Company Name: Shuler Coal Company
Mine Name: Alpha Mine
Start Date: 1922 End Date: March 1965
Type of Mine: Underground
Total acres shown: 638
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 Henry 14N 1E 33 SE NE NE
Air shaft Henry 14N 1E 33 SW NE NE


Thickness (ft)
Seam Depth (ft) Min Max Ave Mining Method
Rock Island 265-267 4.0 4.67 4.5 MRP, with RPP

Geological Problems Reported

A water-bearing portion of the glacial drift caused problems while sinking the shaft. Driving pilings prevented caving while shaft construction was in progress, and the remainder of the shaft construction encountered no difficulties. The roof rock was 0.5 to 2.0 feet of limestone that was locally present from 5 to 8 feet above the coal. The interval between the cap rock and coal consisted of black shale. Shale and pyrite bands were present and difficult to separate from the coal. Pyrite was also seen as nodules and lenses. Some small inclined faults were noted, but these presented little effect on mining.


Company Mine Name Date Production (tons)
Shuler Coal Company Alpha 1922-1939 987,280
Alpha Coal Company Alpha 1939-1940 17,675
Bugos-White Coal Company Alpha 1940-1957 1,324,386
Shuler Coal Company Alpha 1957-1965 651,584
Total Production: 2,980,925

Production Notes

Coal Report production (if available)

Sources of Data

Source Map Map Date Original Scale Digitized Scale Map Type
Microfilm, document 351524 3-30-1965 1:2400 1:4303 Final

Annotated Bibliography (Data source - brief description of information)

Coal Reports - Production, ownership, years of operation.
Directory of Illinois Coal Mines (Henry County) - Mine names, mine index, ownership, years of operation.
Mine notes (Henry County) - Mine type, shaft location, seam, depth, thickness, geologic problems.
Microfilm map, document 351524, reel 03136, frames 278-283 - Shaft locations, mine outline, mining method.

Mine Notes

Mine Images