Litchfield Coal Member

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Lithostratigraphy: Kewanee Group >>Spoon Formation >>Litchfield Coal Member
Chronostratigraphy: Paleozoic Erathem >>Pennsylvanian Subsystem >>Desmoinesian Series
Allostratigraphy: Absaroka Sequence

Primary source

Willman, H. B., Elwood Atherton, T. C. Buschbach, Charles Collinson, John C. Frye, M. E. Hopkins, Jerry A. Lineback, and Jack A. Simon, 1975, Handbook of Illinois Stratigraphy: Illinois State Geological Survey Bulletin 95, 261 p.

Contributing author(s)

M. E. Hopkins and J. A. Simon


Original description

The Litchfield Coal Member of the Spoon Formation (Kay, 1915, table 9 and footnote, p. 139).


Named for Litchfield, Montgomery County, where the coal was mined at a depth of 684 feet in the Litchfield Collieries Company Mine No. 7.

Other names


Type section

Type location

The type section is at the Litchfield Collieries Company Mine No. 7 (SE NE NE 32, 9N-5W).

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Reference section

Reference location

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Stratigraphic relationships

Extent and thickness

In the mine, the Litchfield Coal occurs about 150 feet below the Lowell Coal and is 2-7 feet thick. It is not widely recognized throughout southern Illinois but has been found in a few drill holes.





Well log characteristics


Age and correlation

The Litchfield Coal is probably equivalent to the lower bench of the Assumption Coal and to the Rock Island (No. 1) Coal.

Environments of deposition

Economic importance



KAY, F. H., 1915, Coal resources of District VII (Coal No. 6 west of Duquoin anticline): Illinois State Geological Survey Mining Investigations 11, 233 p.

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