Cardiff, Illinois

Cardiff, Illinois (HMVUD)

Location: Dwight, IL 60420 Livingston County
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Country: United States of America
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N 41° 3.163', W 88° 17.266'

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The village of Cardiff was built on this site in 1899, after the discovery ofunderground coal deposits. A mine was sunk and a relatively large town developedwithin months. The town, originally known as North Campus, incorporated as theVillage of Cardiff in May, 1900.

A series of mine explosions from March 12-16, 1903, killed nine mine workers. Three menremain entombed in the mine. A second mine was sunk to the west, and mining operationsresumed. More than 2,000 people lived in Cardiff at its peak. Cardiff had a church, aschool, two banks, two grain elevators, a semi-pro baseball team, a bottling plant,railroad passenger service, a hotel, numerous saloons, and other businesses.Prosperity continued for Cardiff until the high quality coal ran out and the WabashRailroad, the mine's biggest customer, refused to buy Cardiff coal. The mine closed in1912.

A total of 18 men died in mine accidents in Cardiff.Almost as fast as the town developed, it disappeared. Houses and other buildings weredismantled or moved whole. Today the town of Cardiff is gone, yet remains a legallyincorporated village. Two large hills of waste from the mine are monuments to thepeople who lived, worked, and died here. Dozens of acres that had been homes, stores,yards, and streets have now gone back to farmland.

Series This marker is part of the Illinois: Illinois State Historical Society series
Year Placed2007
Placed ByHerscher Area Historical Society and the Illinois State Historical Society
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Date Added Sunday, September 14th, 2014 at 8:30am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 391781 N 4545407
Decimal Degrees41.05271667, -88.28776667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 3.163', W 88° 17.266'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 3' 9.78" N, 88° 17' 15.96" W
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Area Code(s)815, 630
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 29000-29998 N 3400 E Rd, Dwight IL 60420, US
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