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
Jim Ridings is an award winning  Investigative Author in Illinois.  He has written and published more than 20 books of local Illinois history.  

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