Mining in the Fairbury Quadrangle
According to the History of Livingston County, Illinois, mining was taking place near Fairbury in 1878. The Indian Creek Mine (mine index 600) operated for 55 years. Unfortunately, the source map is incomplete and all of the workings are not shown. Mining took place in the Danville Coal, which was generally over 4.5 feet thick in this area, and some longwall mining may have taken place in the Colchester Coal at both the Indian Creek Mine and West Mine (mine index 216).