Lisbon Quadrangle


Mining in the Lisbon Quadrangle

The earliest mining in this area was reported in the 1850s. Samuel Wood and Daniel Williams opened the first coal bank in the vicinity of Morris (Sereno) about 1854, which operated in the winters for ten years. James Telfer is attributed with the first shaft mine in Grundy County. This mine was located on the Old Peacock farm in Morris Township, and was 58 ½ feet deep. By 1857, six mines, including Telfer’s, were said to have been operating in the Morris and Dresden areas. These mines were small, local mines, which often stripped 7 to 15 feet of topsoil and clay to reach the coal (Joyce, 1980).

The earliest mines were shaft mines. These often did not have extensive workings, only extending a few hundred feet due to drainage, haulage and ventilation problems. A new shaft was then sunk rather than extending the mine further. Because of the problems in the mines and the relatively thin coal found here (2.5 - 3.0 feet thick on average), there were few shipping mines in this area.

Numerous mines existed in the area around the city of Morris. As early as 1882, the History of Grundy County reported that more than one hundred openings had been made, with many more in the years that followed. Many of the old, small mines known to exist in the areas north and south of Morris have not been able to be definitively located. A number of the mines listed in this directory may have been in the area encompassed by the Morris Quadrangle to the south.

The Colchester Coal is the only mineable seam in this quadrangle. It crops out in the southern half of the quadrangle. This area, around the town of Morris, lies at the northeastern edge of the Eastern Interior Coal Basin. The Colchester here is quite shallow, which allowed for later surface mining of the coal as well as underground mining.

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Coal Mines In Illinois Lisbon Quadrangle

Mines that Appear on the Lisbon Quadrangle

Unlocated Mines

Grundy County