Sesser Quadrangle


Mining in the Sesser Quadrangle

The earliest mining in the Sesser Quadrangle was the Old Ben No. 16 Mine (mine index 0050) in 1905. Mining probably began so late here because of the coal depth; the Herrin Coal was generally over 600 feet deep. The last mining here was the Rend Lake Mine (mine index 0877), which ceased production in 2002. The Herrin Coal was quite thick in this area, with average thickness between 7 and 9 feet. The coal was sometimes split. The accompanying map shows that very little area is left unmined, so the split coal apparently affected only small local areas. The seam bottom undulated, and rolls were common but apparently only affected local areas. The roof was commonly gray shale, and roof problems were noted in most of the mines. Top coal was generally left to support the roof and protect the shale from moisture in the ventilating air, which exacerbated the propensity of the shale to come down. The depth of the coal was probably a factor in forcing gas out of the seam. At least 6 explosions were noted, with a total of 21 fatalities. Some faults, associated with the Rend Lake Fault System, were noted in the mines, but displacement was generally less than 10 feet and did not affect large areas.

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Coal Mines In Illinois Sesser Quadrangle

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