Illinois Genealogy Trails

Zeigler Coal Mine #1


Six Mile Township, Zeigler
Franklin County, Illinois

Owner

Name

Type

Years

Location

ZEIGLER COAL CO. ZEIGLER 1 SHAFT 1904-1909 Six Mile Twp
BELL & ZOLLER COAL & MINING CO ZEIGLER 1 SHAFT 1925-1948 Six Mile Twp

1900

Joseph Leiter bought around 8000 acres of land with all mineral rights, in Six Mile Township.


1902

Leiter established Zeigler Coal Mine No. 1 and named it after his father,
Levi Zeigler Leiter.

Leiter sunk the mine with its first coal shaft and brought out its first tons of the worlds richest bituminous coal deposits. Leiter hired Robert W Hunt & Company to plan the development of the coal producing center. The mine shaft was dug down to 400 feet and the shelf coal between 7-14 feet, averaging around 9 feet.
Once the mine was sunk, Leiter began to to build a town in the shape of a wagon wheel with spokes. He hired L.V. Rice, the same engineer that designed the plans for Zeigler #1 mine, to help design the towns layout. In the center of this wheel design was the company's office building.
Leiter built 3 - 6 room cottages, with running water for the mine workmen. Rent ranged from $6 to $9 per month.


February 1905

The Mine's company office burned down.


3 April 1905

51 Men Killed in Explosion


January 1909

3 Men Killed in Explosion


10 January 1909

26 Men Killed in Explosion


1909

Leiter leased the mine to BELL & ZOLLER COAL & MINING CO., until it closed Dec 21, 1948.


1918

Zeigler # 2 Mine, a larger and more modern plant, was added.

Zeigler # 1 Coal Mine Workers


			

STANDING: Left to Right

Peck NICKENS,----?---- , Greto FERRERO , -----?------ , --?- BAGWELL

SITTING: Left to Right
--?-- LEWIS, Peo BONDI, Lancey SHANNON, Oscar STEVENS, Henry MEYERS, ---?---

Submitted by: Dale Ray Houseworth

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