Mine Index 7387   John Ledterman,   Empire Mine

Unlocated Mines In: Tazewell unlocated
County: Tazewell
Quadrangle: Marquette Heights
County Coal Data: Tazewell
Shown On Map: Yes
Unlocated: No

Mine Index Number: 7387

Company Name: John Ledterman
Mine Name: Empire Mine
Start Date: 1878 End Date: 1886
Type of Mine: Underground
Total acres shown: None
Production Indicated Acres: 24 General Area of mining acres shown:

Shaft, Slope, Drift or Tipple Location(s)

Type County Township-Range Section Part Section
Main shaft Tazewell 24N 5W 1 NE SWThe location is from the land ownership on the 1873 atlas, combined with the 1885 Coal Report discussion of the mine, in which the location was stated to be adjacent to the Rundle Mine (mine index 7389). It is possible that Ledterman’s mine may have been the mine shown on the 1873 atlas and subsequently named mine index 7388. An escapement shaft is known from the 1885 Coal Report, located 300 feet from the hoisting shaft. Because the direction is not known and the shaft location is very general, the escape shaft is not shown on the accompanying map.


Thickness (ft)
Seam Depth (ft) Min Max Ave Mining Method
Springfield 90-100 4.0-4.5 RP

Geological Problems Reported


Company Mine Name Date Production (tons)
John Ledterman Empire 1878-1886Production and years of operation before the 1879 Coal Report is not known. The mine may have operated after 1886 as well. See the unlocated mines at the back of this report; Pekin Coal Association may have operated at this location. 90,332
Total Production: 90,332

Production Notes

Coal Report production (if available)

Sources of Data

Source Map Map Date Original Scale Digitized Scale Map Type
Atlas Map of Tazewell County 1873 1:9457 1:9457 Secondary source

Annotated Bibliography (Data source - brief description of information)

Coal Reports - Production, ownership, years of operation, mine type, seam, depth, thickness, mining method.
Directory of Illinois Coal Mines (Tazewell County) - Mine names, mine index, ownership, years of operation.
Andreas, A. T., 1873, Atlas Map of Tazewell County, Illinois: Davenport, Iowa, Andreas, Lyter & Co., 165p. - Shaft location.

Mine Notes

Mine Images

https://wikiimage.isgs.illinois.edu/ilmines/tazewell/thumbnails/mh_sec1_th.jpgThese files may not be true to scale and are not georgistered. Map Type: Atlas
Map ID: 1873 Atlas of Tazewell County
Mine Name:
Map Date: 1873
Map Status: Secondary
Image Credit:
More Info: Mh sec1
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/tazewell/mh sec1.zip