Mine Index 0801   Sahara Coal Company, Inc.,   Sahara No. 16 Mine

Unlocated Mines In: Saline unlocated
County: Saline
Quadrangle: Harrisburg
Carrier Mills
County Coal Data: Saline
Shown On Map: Yes
Unlocated: No

Mine Index Number: 0801

Company Name: Sahara Coal Company, Inc.
Mine Name: Sahara No. 16 Mine
Start Date: 1913 End Date: 1971
Type of Mine: Underground
Total acres shown: 2,861
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 slope Saline 9S 5E 13 SE SW SW
Air shaft The old shaft was converted to an air shaft in 1941, when the new slope was constructed. Saline 9S 5E 13 SW SW SW
Escape (old air) shaft Saline 9S 5E 13 SE SW SW


Thickness (ft)
Seam Depth (ft) Min Max Ave Mining Method
Springfield 189-200 5.0 7.0 6.5 RPP

Geological Problems Reported

The mine had many faults, trending northwest-southeast. These faults controlled the mine plan to some extent, specifically in the southeastern part of the mine, where a large block was left unmined. The roof was not good, the seam was “hilly”, and the floor heaved slightly.


Company Mine Name Date Production (tons)
Elder and Bixler Coal Company Elder and Bixler 1913-1920 41,322
Harrisburg Coal Mining Company Blue Bird 1920-1924 598,492
Harrisburg Coal Mining Company Harrisburg No. 1 1924-1927 285,917
Idle 1927-1941
Bankston Creek Collieries Company Bankston Creek No. 16 1941-1950 4,359,557
Sahara Coal Company, Inc. Sahara No. 16 1951-1971 12,115,092
Total Production: 17,400,380

Production Notes

Coal Report production (if available)

Sources of Data

Source Map Map Date Original Scale Digitized Scale Map Type
State archive, IL_356_01 12-23-1971 1:2400 1:2400 Final

Annotated Bibliography (Data source - brief description of information)

Coal Reports - Production, ownership, years of operation, depth.
Directory of Illinois Coal Mines (Saline County) - Mine names, mine index, ownership, years of operation.
Mine notes (Saline County) - Mine type, slope location, seam, depth, thickness, geologic problems.
State archive, IL_356_01 - Slope and shaft locations, mine outline, mining method, geologic problems.

Mine Notes

Mine Images

[[:Sahara No. 16|Sahara No. 16]]These files may not be true to scale and are not georgistered. Map Type: State Archive
Map ID: IL_356_06
Company: Sahara Coal Company, Inc.
Mine Name: Sahara No. 16
Map Date: 12-23-1971
Map Status: Final
Image Credit:
Note: Last day operated 12-23-1971
More Info: M0801 IL 356 06
Full Res Download:These files are true to scale and most are georegistered for gis software. These files may be a very large (>1GB) download! https://go.illinois.edu/ILMImages//saline/m0801 IL 356 06.zip