"The most important coal producing district of the state as well as the oldest in point of age of production is that section of the coal bearing formations located in Crawford and Cherokee county Kansas, which also extends into Barton county, Missouri.

The district has a surface area of about 260 to 300 square miles. The eastern boundary of the district is the outcrop of the lower coal bed known as the Weir-Pittsburg bed. The outcrop follows a more or less irregular line from a few miles north of Columbus, Kansas, and runs in a general northeast direction, passing just to the east of Weir, and thru the southeastern section of Pittsburg, then swings eastward and crosses the Missouri-Kansas line into Barton county Missouri for a mile or so then swings to the northeast to Minden, including Mulberry, Kansas and Arcadia, Missouri. The Pennsylvanian formation, have a strike of about north 30 degrees east, and have a regional dip of about 20 feet to the mile, north seventy degrees west. The western limit is more or less indefinite but apparently follows a direction roughly parallel to the eastern limit or outcrop"--Geographic Location, leaf 3.


Forbes, Carroll Ralph


Mining Engineering

Degree Name

Professional Degree in Mining Engineering


Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy

Publication Date



16 pages

Geographic Coverage

Crawford County, Kansas
Cherokee County, Kansas
Barton County, Missouri

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© 1926 George Elmer Abernathy, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

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Subject Headings

Faults (Geology)
Coal mines and mining ǂz Kansas
Coal mines and mining ǂz Missouri
Geology, Stratigraphic ǂy Pennsylvanian

Thesis Number

T 505

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Abernathy_Plate_I.tif (63014 kB)
Fault Areas with Structure Contours T29, R24 Crawford County Kansas

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Fault Areas with Contours on Coal Township 29, Range 25, Crawford County, Kansas

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Longitudal Cross Section Midway Coal Co Strip Pit

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Cross-section along south wall of Reliance Strip-pit Showing coal bed, and overburden with old stream channel

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Four views of south wall of Reliance Strip-pit Showing contact of sandy body of old stream bed with normal shale