Mine Index 3340   Peabody Coal Company,   Peabody No. 55 Mine

Unlocated Mines In: Sangamon unlocated
County: Sangamon
Quadrangle: Springfield West
County Coal Data: Sangamon
Shown On Map: Yes
Unlocated: No

Mine Index Number: 3340

Company Name: Peabody Coal Company
Mine Name: Peabody No. 55 Mine
Start Date: 1902 End Date: March 1930
Type of Mine: Underground
Total acres shown: 2,317 The north part of this mine joins with Springfield Coal & Mining Company Mine No. 4 (Mine Index 3339), and the exact boundary is unclear. The reported acreage corresponds to the total of Peabody No. 55 and Springfield No. 4 Mines.
Acres after map date: General Area of mining acres shown:

Shaft, Slope, Drift or Tipple Location(s)

Type County Township-Range Section Part Section
Shaft Sangamon 15N 5W 9 SW SE NW
Air shaft Sangamon 15N 5W 9 SW SE NW
Escape shaft Sangamon 15N 5W 8 SW SE SE


Thickness (ft)
Seam Depth (ft) Min Max Ave Mining Method
Springfield 250 4.9 6.3 5.9 RPP

Geological Problems Reported

Numerous horsebacks were identified, with a maximum observed displacement of 18 inches.


Company Mine Name Date Production (tons)
Springfield Coal and Mining Company Springfield No. 5 1902-1916 3,234,253 Springfield Coal & Mining Company bought the Junction Mine (Mine Index 313) in 1903, and named it the No. 5 Mine. However, the production figures indicate that the mining took place in the area mapped as Mine Index 3340.
Springfield District Coal Mining Company Springfield District No. 5 1916-1918 655,279
Springfield District Coal Mining Company Springfield District No. 55 1918-1924 2,397,058
Peabody Coal Company Peabody No. 55 1924-1930 Idle 1931-1940, never re-opened 2,231,874
Total Production: 8,518,464

Production Notes

Coal Report production (if available)

Sources of Data

Source Map Map Date Original Scale Digitized Scale Map Type
Company, 4103.S33 i5.1-47 3-25-1930 1:2400 1:2400 Final The east part of this mine adjoins Peabody Coal Company Mine No. 53 (Mine Index 38). The common boundary indicates an area of an uncertain boundary between the mines. The map shows numerous joinings between these two mines.

Annotated Bibliography (Data source - brief description of information)

Coal Reports - Production, ownership, years of operation.
Directory of Illinois Coal Mines (Sangamon County) - Mine names, mine index, ownership, years of operation.
ENR Document 85/01 - Mining method.
Mine notes (Sangamon County) - Mine type, shaft location, seam, depth, thickness, geologic problems.
Company map, ISGS map library, 4103.S33 i5.1-47 - Shaft locations, mine outline, mining method.

Mine Notes

Mine Images


Additional Notes

Additional Notes