SEGMENT: COAL MINING

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SEGMENT: COAL MINING,

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COAL MINING
Mr. Herndon's law firm did not handle much legal work dealing with coal mining, except for collecting for workers' on-job injuries. There were many coal mines in central Illinois. Strip mining took place on land not very fit for farming. When the companies recovered the land and left, the land was fit for pastures and growing other crops. Sometimes the veins of coal were on or near the surface. Lists the places where this happened. Mentions different types of mining accidents. Dozens of mines of all sizes in Springfield area. The industry attracted new inhabitants, as the farm land was all entered into private ownership. All along the railroads were mines. Lists their locations.