Mine Index 0298   Prairie State Coal Company,   Prairie State Mine

Unlocated Mines In: Putnam unlocated
County: Putnam
Quadrangle: Depue
Spring Valley
County Coal Data: Putnam
Shown On Map: Yes
Unlocated: No
For more information about Longwall Mining See: History of Longwall Coal Mining In Illinois

Mine Index Number: 0298

Company Name: Prairie State Coal Company
Mine Name: Prairie State Mine
Start Date: 1904 End Date: 1938
Type of Mine: Underground
Total acres shown: 1,288
Acres after map date: 30 General Area of mining acres shown:

Shaft, Slope, Drift or Tipple Location(s)

Type County Township-Range Section Part Section
Main shaft (8 x 16 ft) Putnam 32N 1W 8 SE NW NE
Air shaft Putnam 32N 1W 8 SW NE NE


For more information about Longwall Mining See: History of Longwall Coal Mining In Illinois
Thickness (ft)
Seam Depth (ft) Min Max Ave Mining Method
Colchester 454 3.33 LW

Geological Problems Reported

The roof was “mudstone”. The coal dipped a considerable amount in local areas. The floor was clay and sandstone.


Company Mine Name Date Production (tons)
St. Paul Coal Company St. Paul No. 1 1904-1929 Idle or abandoned 1925 to 1929 6,319,056
Prairie State Coal Company Prairie State 1930-1935 334,456
Prairie State Coal Company Prairie State 1935-1938 153,026 Production after map date
Total Production: 6,806,538

Production Notes

Coal Report production (if available)

Sources of Data

Source Map Map Date Original Scale Digitized Scale Map Type
Company, 4103.P82 i5.1-1 1-1924 1:2400 1:2400 Not final
Microfilm, document 352071 11-1935 1:2400 1:4800 Not final

Annotated Bibliography (Data source - brief description of information)

Coal Reports - Production, ownership, years of operation.
Directory of Illinois Coal Mines (Putnam County) - Mine names, mine index, ownership, years of operation.
Mine notes (Putnam County) - Mine type, shaft location, shaft size, seam, depth, thickness, geologic problems.
Company map, ISGS map library, 4103.P82 i5.1-1 - Mine outline, shaft locations, mining method.
Microfilm map, document 352071, reel 03138, frame 43 - Mine outline (eastern side), mining method.

Mine Notes

Mine Images