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History of Coal City, Illinois, USA

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Coal City, Illinois, USA

In 1820, Peter Lansett, a Canadian trader, was just one of the few that populated the soon to be Coal City area. Lansett collected coal from the ground and sold it to local blacksmiths and farmers, who formerly burned ears of corn for heat and energy. The more effective coal provided an economic boost for growth.

Mines started opening and towns developed around the mines. These towns included 1854 Gardner, 1858 Braceville, 1898 South Wilmington, 1875 Coal City, Clark City, Braidwood, Harrisonville, Sufferville, East Brooklyn, Central City, Godley, Richmond, Sandtown, Ramsey, Carbon Hill, Eileen, Torino, and Diamond. Miners lived within walking distance of the mines. In 1875 coal mine No. 3 was the first mine to sink, 1879 No. 4 sunk.

Coal City was incorporated in August 17, 1881 with a population of 900.

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  • Coal City was incorporated in August 17, 1881.

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  • 1883 - Coal City Diamond Mine Disaster
    In 1883, the Diamond Mine disaster occurred. 74 men and boys were killed. The miners that were digging at the bottom of one of the shafts hit a water ...Read MORE...


  • 1895 - Coal City
    Coal City, a post-village of Grundy co., Ill., 13 miles by rail S. of Minooka, and 9 miles (direct) S.E. of Morris. It has 5 churches, a bank, a...Read MORE...


  • Coal City, Illinois, USA

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  • 1916
    Coal City, a banking city of Grundy co., Ill., on the Chicago and Alton and other railroads, 25 miles SW. of Joliet. It has large coal-mines. Pop. in ...Read MORE...


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    Dingie's Tavern
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  • Coal City, Illinois, USA
    Moreschi's True Italian Food
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  • Coal City was incorporated in August 17, 1881.

    coalcity-il.gov
  • 1883 - Coal City Diamond Mine Disaster
    In 1883, the Diamond Mine disaster occurred. 74 men and boys were killed. The miners that were digging at the bottom of one of the shafts hit a water ... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Coal City
    Coal City, a post-village of Grundy co., Ill., 13 miles by rail S. of Minooka, and 9 miles (direct) S.E. of Morris. It has 5 churches, a bank, a... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Coal City, a banking city of Grundy co., Ill., on the Chicago and Alton and other railroads, 25 miles SW. of Joliet. It has large coal-mines. Pop. in ... Read MORE...

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