Historical:Granger Sandstone Member

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Handbook of Illinois Stratigraphy
Series Bulletin 95
Author H. B. Willman, Elwood Atherton, T. C. Buschbach, Charles Collinson, John C. Frye, M. E. Hopkins, Jerry A. Lineback, Jack A. Simon
Date 1975
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Lithostratigraphy: Kewanee Group >>Spoon Formation >>Granger Sandstone Member
Chronostratigraphy: Paleozoic Erathem >>Pennsylvanian Subsystem >>Desmoinesian Series
Allostratigraphy: Absaroka Sequence


M. E. Hopkins and J. A. Simon

Name Origin

The Granger Sandstone Member of the Spoon Formation (Kosanke et al., 1960, p. 32) is named for Grangertown, Kentucky.

Type Section

Grangertown is near Indian Hill, Union County, Kentucky, the type locality (Glenn, 1912, p. 24-26).

Other Names

It was originally called the Curlew Sandstone (Owen, 1856, No. 1 vertical section).

Extent and Thickness

About 40 feet of Granger Sandstone is well exposed in the Creal Springs Quarry in Williamson County (25, 10S-3E). The sandstone is probably present in much of the deeper part of the Illinois Basin.


The Granger Sandstone is widespread in southern Illinois, occurring in channel and nonchannel facies and varying considerably in thickness and bedding characteristics.


GLENN, L. C., 1912, A geological reconnaissance of the Tradewater River region, with special reference to the coal beds: Kentucky Geological Survey Bulletin 17, 75 p.
KOSANKE, R. M., J. A. SIMON, H. R. WANLESS, and H. B. WILLMAN, 1960, Classification of the Pennsylvanian strata of Illinois: Illinois State Geological Survey Report of Investigations 214, 84 p.
OWEN, D. D., 1856, Report of the geological survey in Kentucky made during the years 1854 and 1855: Kentucky Geological Survey Bulletin, v. I, Series 1, 416 p.

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