Mine Index 4705   Howell and McCreary,   Clifton Mine

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

Mine Index Number: 4705

Company Name: Howell and McCreary
Mine Name: Clifton Mine
Start Date: 1880 End Date: 1892
Type of Mine: Underground
Total acres shown: None
Acres after map date: 70 General Area of mining acres shown:

Not Shown On Map. The area was later surface-mined by Sahara No. 6 Mine (mine index 638), and this mine is not shown on the accompanying map.

Shaft, Slope, Drift or Tipple Location(s)

Type County Township-Range Section Part Section
Main slope Saline 9S 6E 30 SE
Escapement shaft Saline 9S 6E 30 SE


Thickness (ft)
Seam Depth (ft) Min Max Ave Mining Method
Herrin 40-60 4.5-5.0 RP

Geological Problems Reported


Company Mine Name Date Production (tons)
Clifton Coal Company Clifton 1880-1881 unknownAccording to Mary Norman Lindsay in Coal Mines in Saline County, W. H. Howell, John Davenport, William Alsop and E. O. Roberts organized Clifton Coal Company and opened the mine in 1880. The slope was ½ mile northwest of the Ledford Slope (mine index 4708). Production prior to July 1882 is unknown.
E. O. Roberts and Mary Howell Clifton 1881-1885 249,328
Howell Clifton 1885-1887Idle 1887 15,000
W. H. Howell Clifton 1887-1888 10,919
Howell and McCreary Clifton 1888-1892 26,046
Total Production: 301,293

Production Notes

Coal Report production (if available)

Sources of Data

Source Map Map Date Original Scale Digitized Scale Map Type
Coal Mines in Saline County 1947 (text only) 1:24000The 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)

Coal Reports - Production, ownership, years of operation, seam, depth, thickness, escape shaft completion, mining method.
Directory of Illinois Coal Mines (Saline County) - Mine names, mine index, ownership, years of operation.
Lindsay, Mary Norman, 1947, Coal Mines in Saline County, in Saline County, A Century of History - Slope and shaft locations (general).

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