Legacy of Coal Mining

There were several kinds of mines at varying depths dug all over Madison County, so the question on every homeowner’s mind is, “Was there a coal mine under my house?’ And secondly, “Do I need to worry about mine subsidence?” The author of this issue of the MCHS News, Robert Gibson, worked for the Illinois Office of Mines and Minerals, Abandoned Mined Lands Division. He was well qualified to answer questions about the problems that can result from a legacy of coal mining.