Mine Index 0426   Comet Coal Company,   Comet Mine

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

Mine Index Number: 0426

Company Name: Comet Coal Company
Mine Name: Comet Mine
Start Date: 1919 End Date: October 1957
Type of Mine: Underground
Total acres shown: 100 Production indicates 155 acres were mined.
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 Gallatin 9S 8E 16 SW NW NW
Air shaft Gallatin 9S 8E 16 NW SW NW


Thickness (ft)
Seam Depth (ft) Min Max Ave Mining Method
Springfield 130-140 4.5 5.0 4.58 MRP

Geological Problems Reported

The field notes indicate the coal dipped to the south (4 feet drop in 600 horizontal feet) and then rose again. Water problems were noted in the southernmost portion of the mine, and the roof had rolls or horsebacks at that location that may have been the source of the water. Mining advance was halted on the eastern side of the mine by a “rock wall” that may have been a sandstone channel, because water entered from the roof at this location. The roof was draw slate. There were concretions present in the roof, and they were most common where the draw slate was absent. The coal thickness varied throughout the mine. Many pyrite lenses and veinlets existed in the coal, as well as calcite facings. Floor heaving was noted during mining, but may not have hindered mining to a great extent.


Company Mine Name Date Production (tons)
Pearce and Adkins Pearce and Adkins 1919-1922 Production was not reported in 1922 for mines producing less than 10,000 tons. 3,804
Showler A. Pearce Pearce 1922-1923 4,272
Pekin Mining Company Pekin 1923-1925 17,437
Pekin Coal Company Pekin 1926-1927 24,361
Pekin Mining Company Pekin 1928-1934 40,826
Pekin Coal Company Pekin 1935-1956 The mine changed management in 1935, but reported under the same name 521,990
Pekin Coal Company A microfilm map (document 351546, reel 03136, frames 313 and 314, dated May 1957) indicates the owners or managers are Oak Hill Coal Company. Production was not listed under the Oak Hill name in the Coal Report. Knickerbocker 1956-1957 6,400
Comet Coal Company Comet 1957-1957 24,445
Total Production: 643,535

Production Notes

Coal Report production (if available)

Sources of Data

Source Map Map Date Original Scale Digitized Scale Map Type
Microfilm, document 351544 4-16-1958 1:1200 1:2152 Final

Annotated Bibliography (Data source - brief description of information)

Coal Reports - Production, ownership, years of operation.
Directory of Illinois Coal Mines (Gallatin County) - Mine names, mine index, ownership, years of operation.
Mine notes (Gallatin County) - Mine type, shaft location, seam, depth, thickness, geologic problems.
ISGS field notes (Gallatin County) - Shaft location, depth, geologic problems.
Microfilm map, document 351544, reel 03136, frames 309 and 310 - Shaft locations, mine outline, mining method.

Mine Notes

Mine Images