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Coal Washer at mine in Glen Carbon, Illinois


“Coal Washer at mine in Glen Carbon, Illinois ,” Madison Historical, accessed February 24, 2024,


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Mine #2 was expanding operations during the 1890’s and early 1900’s. A new coal washer of “immense size” was completed and ready for operation in 1906. Coal ranging from the size of an egg to small particles could be processed through the washer. The process removed foreign material and then sorted the coal into five different sizes. The Madison Coal Corporation did not find the venture profitable and abandoned the coal washing operation in 1914.

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