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Title: Illinois as it is : its history, geography, statistics, constitution, laws, government, finances, climate, soil, plants, animals, state of health, prairies, agriculture, cattle-breeding, orcharding, cultivation of the grape, timber-growing, market-prices, lands and land-prices, geology, mining, commerce, banks, railroads, public institutions, newspapers, etc., etc.
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s, receive aroyalty of twenty five cents per ton, for the coal taken out, the re-venues thus obtained, alone yield $4,200 to the acre. The La Salle Basin, being the northern limit of the coal in tliisState, the market to be supplied must, for centuries to come, continueas great as the supply which can be furnished. Chicago will also af-ford a constant demand. Erie coal sells in that city at §8 per ton;while La Salle coal, adding the cost of transportation, which by canalwould not exceed one dollar per ton, can be sold at 85, and even less. The Peru Coal Mining Company has been organized for some time,and intend to commence the work of sinking their shaft immediately. The Chicago and Danville Coal Mining Company. The deposit ofthe said company is at Danville, in Vermillion County. The GreatWestern Railroad, which passes through Danville, crosses this fieldfrom east to west. They have made arrangements for working thesemines extensively, with a view to supply the councry along the line
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GEOLOGY AND MINING. S8j of the Chicago branch of the Illinois Central Eailroad, as well as theChicago market. The Northern Coal Mining and Transportation Company, is thename of a new association, lately formed at La Salle; their coal bedsare adjacent to the lands of the La Salle Coal Mining Company; theyare about to commence operations by sinking a shaft on the line ofthe Central Railroad, about half a mile further north. The mines in the vicinity of Morris, in Grundy County, are yield-ing a large amount of coal. The Kingston Coal Mines are situated in Peoria County, and thelands of that region consist of about 1180 acres. The depth at whichthe coal lies varies, the surface being very uneven. Its greatest depthis seventy-five feet, while in other places, even where it has beenworked, it is no more than ten. It lies 108 feet above the river level.It is divided into two unequal parts by the intervention of a thinstratum of plastic clay. There are also extensive and valuable mines on the
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