Please check that the location is accurate. If the address was incorrectly geolocated, you may drag the red address marker to a new location. Consult the legend for types of mines displayed.
Links to view additional information regarding the mines will appear below the map after an address search, OR you may single-click the map near your area of interest. Data Explanation These data were compiled by the ISGS for known underground and surface coal mines as well as underground industrial mines. For more information including links to coal mine maps and informational directories, coal resource maps, and coal logs please see the County Coal Map Series.
The underground coal mine points consist of mine entrances and may also contain uncertain underground mine locations. For the next 50 years, thousands of people came into Will, Grundy, and Kankakee Counties to seek their livelihood in the coal mines. The new coal mining industry spread along shipping routes to ease access to large commercial centers like St. However, it wasn’t until the Civil War, when Illinois railroads grew rapidly, that coal mining in Southern Illinois developed into a major industry.
Inthe worst mining disaster in the state’s history occurred at the Cherry Mine The St Paul Coal Company established the mine in in the mining town of Cherry. The mine producedtons of coal a year to power the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. The fire and the resulting poisonous gases left men and boys dead, more than half of the miners underground. Efforts to save the miners took the lives of 12 of the rescuers. Sparks from electrical equipment touched off a pocket of methane gas, killing miners.