Mine Index 2025   Sheffield Mining Company,   Sheffield Mine

Unlocated Mines In: Bureau unlocated
County: Bureau
Quadrangle: Neponset
County Coal Data: Bureau
Shown On Map: Yes
Unlocated: No

Mine Index Number: 2025

Company Name: Sheffield Mining Company
Mine Name: Sheffield Mine
Start Date: 1855 End Date: 1902
Type of Mine: Underground
Total acres shown: 240
Acres after map date: General Area of mining acres shown:

Sheffield Mine was later partially surface mined by Midland Mine (mine index 0681).

Shaft, Slope, Drift or Tipple Location(s)

Type County Township-Range Section Part Section
Main slope Bureau 16N 6E 24 NE SE SW
Shaft Bureau 16N 6E 24 SE NW SE


Thickness (ft)
Seam Depth (ft) Min Max Ave Mining Method
Air shaft 40-45 4.5 RP

Geological Problems Reported

Numerous clay slips were present so that the usual room-and-pillar mining was altered to accommodate the problem. Entries were driven around a square block of coal and the rooms were driven in the best side of the block. The mine was abandoned because the distance from the working face to the shaft was too far for mule haulage (not because the reserves were exhausted).


Company Mine Name Date Production (tons)
Sheffield Mining Company The company was also known as Sheffield Mining and Transportation Company. Sheffield ca. 1855-1902 Production and years of operation before 1881 are unknown, but History of Bureau County (1885) stated the mine opened more than 30 years before. The 1882 Coal Report indicates 80 acres were mined. 393,766
Total Production: 393,766

Production Notes

Coal Report production (if available)

Sources of Data

Source Map Map Date Original Scale Digitized Scale Map Type
Federal Land Bank Report 6-1935 1:126720 1:126720 Secondary source

Annotated Bibliography (Data source - brief description of information)

Coal Reports - Production, ownership, years of operation, mine type, seam, depth, thickness, mining method, geologic problems.
Directory of Illinois Coal Mines (Bureau County) - Mine names, mine index, ownership, years of operation.
Mine notes (Bureau County) - Mine type, slope location.
ISGS field notes (Bureau County) - Mine type, slope location.
Bradsby, H. C., 1885, History of Bureau County, Illinois, World Publishing Company, Chicago, Illinois, 710p. - Years of operation.
Federal Land Bank Report (Bureau County) - Slope and shaft locations, mine outline.

Mine Notes

Mine Images

[[:Sheffield|Sheffield]]These files may not be true to scale and are not georgistered. Map Type: Federal Land Bank Report
Map ID:
Company: Sheffield Mining Company
Mine Name: Sheffield
Map Date: 6-1935
Map Status: Secondary source
Image Credit:
More Info: M2025 geo
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://wikiimage.isgs.illinois.edu/ilmines/bureau/m2025 geo.zip