Mine Index 2301   Independent Coal Company,   Independent Mine

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

Mine Index Number: 2301

Company Name: Independent Coal Company
Mine Name: Independent Mine
Start Date: Pre 1875 End Date: 1880
Type of Mine: Underground
Total acres shown: None
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 Gallatin 10S 9E 35 SW SW NW
Air shaft Gallatin 10S 9E 35 SW NW NW


Thickness (ft)
Seam Depth (ft) Min Max Ave Mining Method
Dekoven 90 3.0 RP
Davis 116 4.0 RP

Geological Problems Reported

This mine reportedly closed because of water problems with the air shaft. A fault was encountered 60 to 90 feet west of the slope in the Dekoven Coal. The coal was replaced by sandstone there, either by erosion or faulting. The roof was shale.


Company Mine Name Date Production (tons)
Independent Coal Company Country Bank pre 1875-1880 The mine was apparently active when Worthen visited before his 1875 publication. Wallace Lee includes the same data in his field notes of 1915, but his additonal information is from the local postmaster. There is no indication that Lee entered the mine or that the mine was active when he visited in 1915. Unknown The Independent Coal Company was not listed in the Coal Reports, which began publication in 1882.
Total Production: Unknown The Independent Coal Company was not listed in the Coal Reports, which began publication in 1882.

Production Notes

Coal Report production (if available)

Sources of Data

Source Map Map Date Original Scale Digitized Scale Map Type
ISGS field notes (Wallace Lee) 1915 (text only) 1:24000 The mine location was plotted on a 1:24000 USGS topographic map from the mine location description and digitized. Secondary source

Annotated Bibliography (Data source - brief description of information)

Directory of Illinois Coal Mines (Gallatin County) - Mine names, mine index, ownership, years of operation.
Mine notes (Gallatin County) - Mine type, slope location, seam, thickness, geologic problems.
ISGS field notes (Gallatin County) - Mine type, slope and air shaft locations, geologic problems.
Microfilm map, document 351452, reel 03136, frame 158 - Slope and shaft locations, mine outline, mining method.
Worthen Report, Vol. VI, p. 206, Geology of Gallatin County - Mine name, general location, seams, depth, thickness, geologic problems.

Mine Notes

Mine Images