Coal Mining in Illinois
 

Mine #4 Reclamation

 
Mine Reclamation Home Mine #3 Reclamation Mine #4 Reclamation Mine #5 Reclamation "K" Mine Reclamation
 
Before reclamation

Before reclamation
 
South side of tall refuse pile

South side of tall refuse pile
 

 

Before reclamation


Before reclamation

 
   
Main refuse pile

Main refuse pile
 

Top soil dressing

Top soil dressing

 

 

During reclamation D8 on top of spoile pile

During reclamation D8 on top of spoile pile

 
 
 
Eastern spoil pile

Eastern spoil pile

 

 
Looking east

Looking east
 
Looking west

Looking west
 
Junk filled shaft note-concrete tipple foundations

Junk filled shaft
note-concrete tipple foundations
 
Junk removal

Junk removal
 
Before reclamation

Before reclamation
 
Cleaning around shaft opening

Cleaning around shaft opening
 
Shaft after rubbish removal at ~ 28' shaft was open for 94' more

Shaft after rubbish removal at ~ 28' shaft was open for 94' more
 
Concrete foundation of tipple

Concrete foundation of tipple
 
Opening air shaft

Opening air shaft
 
Air shaft

Air shaft
 
Air shaft

Air shaft
 
Filling air shaft

Filling air shaft
 
Filling air shaft

Filling air shaft
 
Mine refuse grading


Mine refuse grading
 
Looking east

Looking east
 
Looking east

Looking east
 

 

Half done



Half done

 
Half done


Half done
 
Looking west

Looking west
 
Moving refuse

Moving refuse
 
Looking east

Looking east
 
Looking northeast

Looking northeast
 
Looking east


Looking east
 
Mine refuse grading

Mine refuse grading
 
Refuse grading

Refuse grading
 
Sheepsfoot compactor

Sheepsfoot compactor
 
Refuse removal from east side

Refuse removal from east side
 
Low spoils on south side

Low spoils on south side
 
Low spoil piles looking southeast

Low spoil piles looking southeast
 
Temporary drainage

Temporary drainage
 
Cut and fill borrow pit

Cut and fill borrow pit
 
Borrow pit

Borrow pit
 
Looking north

Looking north
 
Looking south

Looking south
 
Burnt refuse next to as dug refuse

Burnt refuse next to as dug refuse
 
Machine at crest of spoil pile

Machine at crest of spoil pile
 
Looking southeast

Looking southeast
 
Filling between high and low spoil banks

Filling between high and low spoil banks
 
Looking east

Looking east
 
Looking southwest

Looking southwest
 
Looking northwest

Looking northwest
 
Looking northeast

Looking northeast
 
Looking north

Looking north
 
Looking northwest

Looking northwest
 
Looking southeast

Looking southeast
 
Machine at crest

Machine at crest
 
Looking southeast

Looking southeast
 
Looking southwest

Looking southwest
 
Looking southeast

Looking southeast
 
Looking east

Looking east
 
Looking northeast

Looking northeast
 
Center of spoil pile

Center of spoil pile
 
Looking southeast

Looking southeast
 
Looking northeast

Looking northeast
 
Filling borrow pit

Filling borrow pit
 
Final grade on west half

Final grade on west half
 
Center of burnt refuse

Center of burnt refuse
 
Borrow pit

Borrow pit
 
Borrow pit

Borrow pit
 
Mine No. 5

Mine No. 5
 
Top dressing

Top dressing
 
Top dressing

Top dressing
 
Top dressing

Top dressing
 
Profile

Profile
 
Hauling refuse away for fill

Hauling refuse away for fill
 
Ag lime at 50 tons per acre

Ag lime at 50 tons per acre
 
Incorporating ag lime

Incorporating ag lime
 
Top dressing

Top dressing
 
Top dressing

Top dressing
 
Looking northeast

Looking northeast
 
Looking northeast

Looking northeast
 
50 ton limestone application on west hal

50 ton limestone application on west half
 
Borrow pit

Borrow pit
 
Borrow pit

Borrow pit
 
Ramps to top

Ramps to top
 
North side

North side
 
Finish grading

Finish grading
 
Finish grade of mine shaft  monument in center of pit

Finish grade of mine shaft
monument in center of pit
 
South side showing lime piles

South side showing lime piles
 
Crimping mulch

Crimping mulch
 
Mulch

Mulch
 
Water control structure

Water control structure
 
Finished

Finished
 
Fabric

Fabric
 
Mulching

Mulching
 
Finished mulching

Finished mulching
 
West side completed

West side completed
     
Small rise in center was location of shaft

Small rise in center was location of shaft


All photos and captions courtesy of Pete Kodat