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What is the history of coal mining in Illinois?
Illinois Mines. The coal mining boom in the northern fields of Illinois really dates from 1864. Around the town of Braidwood, a farmer struck coal while drilling a well for water. For the next 50 years, thousands of people came into Will, Grundy, and Kankakee Counties to seek their livelihood in the coal mines.
What is the coal mines in Illinois viewer?
The Coal Mines in Illinois Viewer illustrates a general depiction of underground mining in the state and will help determine the proximity of coal mines and underground industrial mines to your home or business. Please follow the instructions below for using the viewer and linking to additional map products that contain more information.
What was the worst mining disaster in Illinois history?
However, it wasn’t until the Civil War, when Illinois railroads grew rapidly, that coal mining in Southern Illinois developed into a major industry. In 1909, the worst mining disaster in the state’s history occurred at the Cherry Mine The St Paul Coal Company established the mine in 1905 in the mining town of Cherry.
How many houses are in proximity to mines in Illinois?
The Illinois State Geological Survey estimates that approximately 201,000 acres of urban and built up lands in Illinois are in close proximity to mines. Within that area, there are an estimated 330,000 housing units with possible exposure to mine subsidence.