Mine Index 0725   Richard Cardon,   Black Diamond Mine

Unlocated Mines In: Wabash unlocated
County: Wabash
Quadrangle: Mount Carmel
County Coal Data: Wabash
Shown On Map: Yes
Unlocated: No

Mine Index Number: 0725

Company Name: Richard Cardon
Mine Name: Black Diamond Mine
Start Date: 1923 End Date: 1929
Type of Mine: Underground
Total acres shown: 1
Production Indicated Acres: 2 General Area of mining acres shown:

Shaft, Slope, Drift or Tipple Location(s)

Type County Township-Range Section Part Section
Main shaft Wabash 1S 13W 23 NE SW NE
Air shaft Wabash 1S 13W 23 SE SW NE


Thickness (ft)
Seam Depth (ft) Min Max Ave Mining Method
Friendsville 44-52 2.0 5.0 3.0 MRP

Geological Problems Reported

A slabby sandstone was sometimes directly above the coal, but was generally separated from the coal by gray shale and bastard limestone. The coal contained 2 to 3 inches of black jack, but in some places, the black jack was up to 2 feet thick. The black jack was estimated to make up 10 to 15% of the volume of the coal. Calcite facings along the cleats were common. A clay parting was sometimes present near the center of the seam.


Company Mine Name Date Production (tons)
Black Diamond Coal Company Black Diamond 1923-1925 1,900
Richard Corden Black Diamond 1925-1925 560
Black Diamond Coal Company Black Diamond 1926-1926 2,360 Production after map date
Richard Cardon Black DiamondAccording to ISGS field notes, the mine was known locally as the Hockgeiger Mine. 1927-1929 3,422 Production after map date
Total Production: 8,242

Production Notes

Coal Report production (if available)

Sources of Data

Source Map Map Date Original Scale Digitized Scale Map Type
Microfilm, document 353021 1-8-1925 1:600 1:703 Not final

Annotated Bibliography (Data source - brief description of information)

Coal Reports - Production, ownership, years of operation.
Directory of Illinois Coal Mines (Wabash County) - Mine names, mine index, ownership, years of operation.
ISGS field notes (Wabash County) - Mine type, shaft location, depth, thickness, geologic problems.
Microfilm map, document 353021, reel 03141, frame 190 - Shaft locations, mine outline, mining method.

Mine Notes

Mine Images