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Toluca in Marshall County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Toluca Coal Mine

 
 
Toluca Coal Mine Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cindi Knox, July 25, 2010
1. Toluca Coal Mine Marker
Inscription.  
In 1893 the Sante Fe Railroad authorized Charles Devlin, their manager of mining properties, to purchase the mineral rights here to 11,000 acres. The Devlin Coal Company sank two shafts and began producing coal using the longwall method, extracting coal from a seam as work progressed along a continuous working face. At its peak in 1905, 771 workers produced 379,000 tons of coal.

The mine attracted hundreds of immigrants, especially Italians. Toluca boomed until the mine closed in 1924, unable to compete with mines that produced coal at greater efficiency. These two slag heaps, "The Jumbos," are memorials to the region's coal industry and its workers.
 
Erected 2001 by Illinoi History Club of Lexington High School and the Illinois State Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRailroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the Illinois State Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1893.
 
Location. 40° 59.973′ N, 89° 
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8.052′ W. Marker is in Toluca, Illinois, in Marshall County. Marker is on Bennington Street, half a mile west of Broadway Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Toluca IL 61369, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of the first Clear Creek Friends Meeting House (approx. 11˝ miles away); John Swaney School (approx. 11˝ miles away).
 
Coal Car image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cindi Knox, July 25, 2010
2. Coal Car
Toluca Coal Mine Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cindi Knox, July 25, 2010
3. Toluca Coal Mine Marker
Coal Car Plaque image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cindi Knox, July 25, 2010
4. Coal Car Plaque
View of one jumbo (slag heap) from atop the other image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cindi Knox, July 25, 2010
5. View of one jumbo (slag heap) from atop the other
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 26, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 27, 2010, by Cindi Knox of Joliet, Illinois. This page has been viewed 1,527 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 27, 2010, by Cindi Knox of Joliet, Illinois. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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