Coal Mining in Illinois

Strip Mining Photos

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The following images were retrieved from a photo album from the Wilmington Public Library in Wilmington, Illinois.
Reference Book 977.303 PIC - Wilmington Public Library District - Barcode #3 6830 00043 7960
Donated to Wilmington Public Library District by Charles I. Raworth.

If you have any additional information pertaining to the following photographs,
please feel free to contact us at the Coal City Public Library District.

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"World's Largest Shovel" "Scooping up an automobile is no trick at all for the world's largest power dipper in use at the Northern Illinois Coal Company plant near Wilmington, as can be seen in the photo. The big shovel has a 32 cubic yard capacity. It can be seen in a news reel being shown for the last time today at the Rialto Theater."

 


 

Twisted wreckage of Norfolk and Western freight cars lies in waters of the Kankakee River.

Twisted wreckage of Norfolk and
Western freight cars lies in waters of the Kankakee River.

 

 


"Just Coal shovel"

"Just Coal shovel" "But it happens to be the world's largest power dipper. Made in Marion, Ohio, it is in use by a coal company near Wilmington, Ill. It has 32 cubic yards' capacity, in comparison with the 3/4 cubic yard scoop in front of it. And see how it overtowers the girls!"

 

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Aerial view of the tipple. Pit 1, now by
I-55 (near where the miner's club is). Where the Drell(?) school was in the 1970's
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These aerial photographs
show the effects
strip mining has on
the topography of
an area.

A drag line & coal loader in a pit.
Spoil banks beyond.

Spoil banks.

The tipple, located in pit one.

Aerial view of the office & machine shop.
 

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Northern Illinois Coal Corporation, Wilmington Mine Office 1933 or 1934 -

Back Row (L-R): "Dave" Feely (Chief Clerk), John Kolb (Time Keeper), Ivan O'Loughlin (Engineer in Chicago Office), J.T. "Jack" Sykes (Assistant Superintendent), R.S. "Ray" Weimer (Superintendent), T.C. "Cap" Mullins (President of N.I.C.C.), Earl Horton (Payroll Clerk), R.E. "Bob" Bush (Engineer), E.J. "Ed" Bottomley (Engineer), Walter Clausen (Supply Clerk), Conrad Howard (Stock Room).

Front Row (L-R): Al Rubin (Engineer), Floyd Johnson (Engineer), A.H. "Pop" Brymer (Chief Engineer), Felix Pichin (Pit Boss), Art Guill (Billing Clerk), Ollie Livingston (Pit Boss), Albert Dude (Tipple Boss), Fred Uthof (Pit Boss), W.H. "Bill" Whitmore (Chemist).

 

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Photo by Grover Brinkman of Okawville, Illinois 62271

Photo by Grover Brinkman of Okawville, Illinois 62271

 

 

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Fall of 1969 - (L-R): Charlie Raworth, unknown 

Fall of 1969 - (L-R): Charlie Raworth, unknown

 

1907 - C.M. & G. at Peotone

1907 - C.M. & G. at Peotone
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