A series of mine explosions from March 12-16, 1903, killed nine mine workers. Three men remain entombed in the mine. A second mine was sunk to the west, and mining operations resumed. More than 2,000 people lived in Cardiff at its peak. Cardiff had a church, a school, two banks, two grain elevators, a semi-pro baseball team, a bottling plant, railroad passenger service, a hotel, numerous saloons, and other businesses. Prosperity continued for Cardiff until the high quality coal ran out and the Wabash Railroad, the mine's biggest customer, refused to buy Cardiff coal. The mine closed in 1912.
A total of 18 men died in mine accidents in Cardiff.
Almost as fast as the town developed, it disappeared. Houses and other buildings were
dismantled or moved whole. Today the town of Cardiff is gone, yet remains a legally
incorporated village. Two large hills of waste from the mine are monuments to the
people who lived, worked, and died here. Dozens of acres that had been homes, stores,
yards, and streets have now gone back to farmland.
Erected 2007 by Herscher Area Historical Society and the Illinois State Historical Society.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Illinois State Historical Society marker series.
Location. 41° 3.163′ N, 88° 17.266′ W. Marker is near Dwight, Illinois, in Livingston County. Marker is at the intersection of County Road N 3400E and County Road E 2900N, on the left when traveling north on County Road N 3400E. Touch for map. Plaque is just beyond a small gravel area on the west side of the road, just north of the intersection. Marker is in this post office area: Dwight IL 60420, United States of America.
Additional keywords. Ghost town
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers •
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