Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA


November 2, 2006

The Diamond Mine of west Numa


The mine was closed in 1928 with 300 acres mined. Neil Doggett showed me where the mine used to be, at the west city limits. Access to the area is gained by going west on the road that was formerly the railroad right of way. The mine was just north of the railroad, now covered by many trees. What was once a very busy scene is now merely vegetation. There is a high voltage power line where the railroad used to be.

This concludes my coal mining articles along the fourth railroad across the county, the Rock Island. I first covered the mines on the Burlington and Southwestern Railroad from Moulton through Sedan, Exline, Cincinnati, Pearle City into Mendota. Mo. Next I followed the Keokuk and Western Railroad which became the Burlington. This took me into Centerville from Sedan and went on to service mines in southwest Centerville, Sunshine, Brazil, Garfield and Plano. The third railroad I followed was the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul which I abbreviated to the common nomenclature of just the Milwaukee. This line took in Darby, Rathbun, Clarkdale, Mystic and Jerome. It is the only “through” railroad still in existence albeit for freight service only. Finally I followed the Chicago and Southwestern, later known as the Rock Island, coming into Centerville from the northeast and going south and west through Thirty, Galleyville, Shawville, Streepy and Numa.

You have probably guessed that I intend to put all this in a book eventually, although in a modified form and with more pictures etc. But first I must complete the journey through the rest of the railroads as well as a number of truck mines around Centerville, which were in operation in the later years. The next railroad on the list is the Iowa and St. Louis Railroad through Coal City, Sedan and to Centerville. This railroad operated for only a few years and the only coal mines are in the Coal City area

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