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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"The Tipple."

 

 

"The Tipple."
The coal was brought to it raw from the pit to the structure on the far right. Each coal car was lifted and turned over to empty it. The coal was taken up a conveyor to the building on the left. There is was sorted by lump or egg and eventually stoker coal. Stoker was originally dumped as useless and too small till furnaces were developed to use this waste product. The coal was sorted by being dropped in a shaking bin with holes in the bottom. Successive bins with smaller holes sorted all of it by size. Then the coal was washed. The waste slag can be seen being dumped in the upper left hand corner. The coal could then be re-loaded into coal cars by size, and shipped by railroad. Before coal was sorted by size any slag or slate lumps were removed. Originally this was done by hand. Later the coal and slag or slate was shot through water, the slag would remain lower than the lighter coal which was channeled off leaving the heavier slag behind. Sort of the reverse idea of a gold sluice.

 

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Ernie Woolmine's father, Herman
Ernie Woolmine's father, Herman

Ernie Woolmine's father, Herman

 

 



1930's worker's cars

1930's worker's cars

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"This photograph taken in 1942, shows a shovel of the Northern Illinois Coal Corporation at Goldblatt's Hole near Coal City." In this picture the gantry (object holding cables to horizontal boom) beams had broken dropping the boom against the bank. Henry Myers (master mechanic) figured out a way to raise the boom back up.
 

 

shovel of the Northern Illinois Coal Corporation at Goldblatt's Hole near Coal City


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Eldon Campbell at 240 ton truck

Eldon Campbell at 240 ton truck

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"The new 240 ton truck now running
in the pits at the new Captain mine near
Cutler. Truck drives from both ends,
never turns around."
Photos by Grover Brinkman
of Okawville, Illinois.
 


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A loading shovel and the 6360. 

A loading shovel and the 6360.

 



 

 

 

 

Notice the two men located by the crawlers of the 6360 (middle). 

Notice the two men located by the crawlers of the 6360 (middle).
 
   
"The Captain"
The Marion 6360 Mucker
   


Notice blast drill dramed in boom.
 

Notice blast drill dramed in boom.


"The Captain"
 

"The Captain"

 


 

     
 


Budweiser Clydesdale horses in "Big Paul" bucket at Freeburg, Illinois.
 

Budweiser Clydesdale horses in "Big Paul" bucket at Freeburg, Illinois.

Photos by Grover Brinkman of Okawville, Illinois.

The bucket of the Marion 6360 lifts 185 cubic yards of overburden as easily as a child playing in a sandbox with a tiny shovel.

The bucket of the Marion 6360 lifts 185 cubic yards of overburden as easily as a child playing in a sandbox with a tiny shovel.
 


The round barrel shapes at top were the bearings it swiveled on. Below you can see the crawlers (or caterpillar treads). The large round upright leg structures leveled the machine in one spot. The 6360 Mucker or shovel being built.
 

The round barrel shapes at top were the bearings it swiveled on. Below you can see the crawlers (or caterpillar treads). The large round upright leg structures leveled the machine in one spot. The 6360 Mucker or shovel being built.

 
 

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Truck carrying a gasoline electric generator

Truck carrying a gasoline electric generator
(L-R): Galin Scott, unknown, unknown

 


Mucker and drag line crossing the rail road between Godley and Braidwood.

Mucker and drag line crossing the rail road between Godley and Braidwood. July 16, 1941. Photo printed by Douglas-Edwards Camera Shop, Joliet, Illinois.

 

July 16, 1941.

July 16, 1941.
Photo printed by Douglas-Edwards Camera Shop, Joliet, Illinois
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