Mine Index 0502   Alcoa Ore Company,   Alcoa Mine

Unlocated Mines In: St. Clair unlocated
County: St. Clair
Quadrangle: French Village
County Coal Data: St. Clair
Shown On Map: Yes
Unlocated: No

Mine Index Number: 0502

Company Name: Alcoa Ore Company
Mine Name: Alcoa Mine
Start Date: 1889 End Date: March 1932
Type of Mine: Underground
Total acres shown: 552
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 St. Clair 1N 8W 29 NW SW NE
Air shaft St. Clair 1N 8W 29 NE SE NW
Murphy No. 2 shaft St. Clair 1N 8W 29 NE NW SE
Air shaft St. Clair 1N 8W 29 NE NW SE


Thickness (ft)
Seam Depth (ft) Min Max Ave Mining Method
Herrin 51 6.0 MRP

Geological Problems Reported

The roof shale had numerous concretions, which ranged up to 18 inches in diameter. Some areas of the mine had many slips.


Company Mine Name Date Production (tons)
Frank Murphy Murphy No. 2 1889-1896 13,900
Frederick Murphy Branch 1896-1909 177,970
Reeb Coal Company Murphy 1909-1916 91,944
Radium Coal Company Radium 1916-1920 326,949
Aluminum Ore Company Aluminum Ore 1920-1929 1,715,689
Alcoa Ore Company Alcoa 1929-1932 Mine listed "idle" until 1938. 680,585
Total Production: 3,007,037

Production Notes

Coal Report production (if available)

Sources of Data

Source Map Map Date Original Scale Digitized Scale Map Type
Microfilm, document 351041 3-3-1938 1:2400 1:4634 Final
Microfilm, document 351101 Undated 1:1200 1:1490 Undated

Annotated Bibliography (Data source - brief description of information)

Coal Reports - Production, ownership, years of operation.
Directory of Illinois Coal Mines (St. Clair County) - Mine names, mine index, ownership, years of operation.
Microfilm map, document 351041, reel 03134, frames 130-132 - Shaft locations, mine outline, mining method.
Mine notes (St. Clair County) - Mine type, shaft location, seam, depth, thickness, geologic problems.
Microfilm, document 351101, reel 03134, frame 216 - Mine outline, shaft locations (Murphy Mine).

Mine Notes

Mine Images