Cardiff: Ghost Town on the Prairie The Story of Coal Mining Towns

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The history of a legendary coal mining town in Livingston County, Illinois, that sprung up almost overnight in 1899. It had a rollicking history of mine disasters, violence, numerous saloons, and a fine community with banks, businesses and schools. When the mine closed in 1912, the town disappeared almost as quickly as it began. The book also has a history of other nearby, now-gone coal towns of Clarke City, Tracy, Torino, the mine disasters at Diamond and Cherry, and a history of the nearby village of Campus. Hardcover, 316 pages, lots of photographs.

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Greetings From Joliet: A Picture Postcard Look at Old Joliet

A high quality hardcover book, 256 pages, full color pictures of old postcards from Joliet's early years. Order this from the Joliet Area Historical Museum web site.


Greetings From Joliet: A Picture Postcard Look At Old Joliet by Author Jim Ridings