Toluca Coal Mine

Toluca Coal Mine (HMMHA)

Location: Toluca, IL 61369 Marshall County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 59.973', W 89° 8.052'

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In 1893 the Sante Fe Railroad authorized Charles Devlin, their manager of mining properties, to purchase the mineral rights here to 11,000 acres. The Devlin Coal Company sank two shafts and began producing coal using the longwall method, extracting coal from a seam as work progressed along a continuous working face. At its peak in 1905, 771 workers produced 379,000 tons of coal.

The mine attracted hundreds of immigrants,especially Italians. Toluca boomed until the mine closed in 1924, unable to compete with mines that produced coal at greater efficiency. These two slag heaps, "The Jumbos,"are memorials to the region's coal industry and its workers.
Series This marker is part of the Illinois: Illinois State Historical Society series
Historical Period20th Century, 19th Century
Historical PlaceOther
Marker TypeOther
Marker ClassHistorical Marker
Marker StyleFree Standing
Year Placed2001
Placed ByIllinois History Club of Lexington High School and the Illinois State Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, September 12th, 2014 at 7:17am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 320503 N 4540900
Decimal Degrees40.99955000, -89.13420000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 59.973', W 89° 8.052'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 59' 58.3800" N, 89° 8' 3.1200" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)815, 309
Can be seen from road?No
Is marker in the median?No
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near West Railroad Avenue, Toluca IL 61369, US
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