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new arrangements of lines of travel and transportation will develop the magnificent mineral deposits of this region and present special attractions for mining enterprise. The coals of this region are purer and more available for all kinds of manufacture than in any other part of the Alleghany coal-field. The seams of coal are also thicker and more numerous and can be more cheaply mined. Charleston is 200 miles nearer Cincinnati and the western ports than Pittsburg. With energetic exertion it may yet become the metropolis of this mining region.

The productive coal fields of Ohio embrace about 12,000 square miles. The coal measures, however, including the carboniferous limestone, cover fully onethird of the State. The strata generally dip towards the Ohio river, and the smaller streams follow their inclinations with considerable exactness. The coal seams here are identified with those lying opposite in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Kentucky. The coal area of the latter State appears to be but little understood. It runs through some twenty of the eastern counties. The deposits, in position and character, are clearly assimilated to those of West Virginia and Pennsylvania. The coal measures in Tennessee are limited in area, occupying the high mountain plateaus which terminate abruptly on the east, above the escarpments of the Cumberland mountains. Being thus inaccessible, these deposits must, for purposes of fuel, remain for some time undeveloped. Chattanooga, and a few points in Georgia, are favored with copious and accessible supplies of coal in close association with iron. In Alabama the Alleghany coal-field widens out into a basin covering 4,300 square miles, with an unmistakable depression of the entire geologic series southeast from Lookout and Sand mountains. The thinning out of the palæozoic strata westward is very observable. Large deposits of iron surround this coal-field, mostly hematites, especially rich to the eastward. The production of the Alleghany coal-field in 1864 is represented in the following table :

Tons. Pennsylvania

5,870, 712 Ohio ....

*1, 000, 000 Maryland.

657, 996 West Virginia

500, 000 Kentucky..

250,000 Tennessee

500,000 Alabama


Total ...

9, 078, 708 The northern coal-field, embracing about 13,000 square miles, lies wholly within the lower peninsula of Michigan. Its coal seams are fewer and thinner than in the Ohio coal measures. But little has been done for its development, its annual product not much exceeding 100,000 tons.

The great central coal-field occupies an area of 50,000 square miles in Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky. Its extreme length is 350 miles, with a breadth varying from 150 to 200 miles. The palæ zoic column, which in Pennsylvania exceeds a height of five miles, in Illinois is but 3,300 feet high, the coal measures being about 900 feet thick. The maximum depth of the coal measures increases in Indiana, and especially in Kentucky, where the basins are the deepest. The produce of the central coal-field in 1864 was as follows:

Tons. Illinois

1,000,000 Indiana

500, 000 Western Kentucky...


Total ....

.. 1,750,000 * The commissioner of statistics of the State of Ohio estimates the quantity at double this amount.

The western coal-field in Missouri and Iowa is, properly, a continuation of the great central. It occupies an area of 45,000 square miles, of which 21,000 are in Missouri and 24,000 in Iowa. The geology of Missouri resembles that of Illinois, but the coal measures are not so thick by 150 feet, thinning out rapidly towards the northern edge of this coal field in Iowa, where they are but 100 feet thick, with workable beds of only 4 or 5 fet. Its product in 1864 was about 500,000 tons. The coals of Arkansas and Nebraska are but the thin western edges of the great western coal-field, as yet but partially developed. All of these coal-fields are parts of the Appalachian coal, or Mississippi system, embracing a total area of 190,000 square miles, from which were mined in 1964 a total of 11,428,708 tons. The Mississippi basin, embracing an area of 1,500,000 square miles, is eminently available, in all its wondrous agricultural and mineral resources, to the demands of industry and commerce. Its territorial configuration, with its matchless system of internal navigation, is unrivalled in all the requisites for the seat of a mighty civilization. Its entire area can be as densely populated as England, with greater facilities for the support of ani. mal life.

The New England coals are anthracite in character, but thin and irregular in stratification, continually interrupted by faults, dikes, troubles, &c. This coalfield occupies its true palæological position in our American system, but its accompanying sedimentary strata have been largely metamorphosed by heat into the sub-crystalline. The basins are very irregular, indicating a degree of dislocating volcanic action highly unfavorable to even and uniform stratification during the period of coal deposit. Subsequent lateral contractions, doubling the strata in sharp waves, have also caused the entire coal series to slide above or below their true geological position. The immense thickness of the palæozoic formations in Pennsylvania doubtless protected the wonderful coal deposits of the State from the same destructive movements, and perhaps added materially to their growth by supplying the necessary carbon and bitumen. Mining for coal does not at present offer any inviting prospects to remuneration in New England.

The Arcadian coal-field in British North America embraces a workable area of 2,200 square miles, divided into several basins and sub-basins. The amount of sulphur and iron pyrites in the measures and seams of this coal-field are a serious injury to the coal, which is of a rich and highly bituminous character, indicating remoteness from the great heat which produced the Pennsylvania anthracites. The coal seams are of moderate thickness.

In Eastern Virginia and the Carolinas there are five distinct coal formations. These deposits compared with the great fields of the west are small, but being located in populous districts, have a very considerable local value for fuel and the generation of steam.

The Richmond coal-field, though lying within the granite basins of the primitive formations, is yet the latest deposit

. Much injury has been done in parts of this field by the small pits sunk along the outcroppings, which being filled with water, are dangerous to approach from deeper excavations Piedmont coal-field, further inland, lies within the gneissic or crystalline sedimentary deposits of the metamorphic era. Its area is small and excessively undulating ; its seams range from six to thirty inches. In some localities near the gneiss rock the coal changes to impure anthracite. It is valuable only for domestic purposes. Dan river and Deep river coal-fields are unimportant basins assimilated to the Piedmont. The New river deposit is perhaps the oldest coal in existence, the creation of the proto-carboniferous ages. These coals, however, are only available for domestic use. The surrounding country is rich and promises great commercial and industrial activity.

The coal deposits of the Pacific slope are as yet imperfectly developed. Their

area, so far as ascertained, is about equal to the coal-field of Great Britain, or over 6,000 square miles.

Nearly ten years ago it was estimated by high scientific authority that the coal annually employed in England in propelling inachinery generated a productive force equal to the labor of 66,000,000 men, and that if the entire coal pr duct had been so employed, this aggregate would have swelled to 400,000,000. The London Times estimates the mechanical steam power of England at double the muscular force of the entire human race. Reducing this estimate one-half, and applying the same ratio to our resources, what limits shall we assign to American dynamic industrial power, remembering that our coal area is thirtythree times greater than that of England, and of at least equal average value ? The problem transcends ordinary speculation. It grows with our advances in economic science and art, and with each day's experience in the working of those resources. Even the agricultural advantages of soil, climate, and territorial configuration do not promise to surpass the inajestic results of the mineral industry of the Union when once the hand of intelligent enterprise shall unlock the stores of subterranean wealth. The wonderful production of the precious metals must be enormously enhanced in order to afford adequate expression of the values soon to be produced by the development of the useful minerals of this republic.


Commissioner of the General Land Office. Hon. O. H BROWNING,

Secretary of the Interior.

List of papers accompanying Commissioner's annual report. No. 1. Tabular statement showing the number of acres of public lands surveyed in the land States and Territories up to June 30, 1866, during the last fiscal year, and the total of the public lands surveyed up to June 30, 1867; also the total area of the public domain remaining unsurveyed within the same.

No. 2. Statement of public lands sold; of cash and bounty land scrip received therefor ; number of acres entered under the homestead law of May 20, 1862; of commissions received under the sixth section of said act; also land located with scrip under the agricultural college and mechanic act of July 2, 1862, and commissions received by registers and receivers on the value thereof; and statement of incidental expenses thereon in the first half of the fiscal year commencing July 1, 1866, and ending June 30, 1867.

No. 3. Statement showing like particulars for the second half of the fiscal year ending June 30, 1867.

No. 4. Summary for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1867, showing the number of acres disposed of for cash, with bounty land scrip, by entry under the homestead laws of May 20, 1862, and March 21, 1864, with aggregate of $10 homestead payments, homestead commissions; al-o locations with agricultural college and mechanic scrip, under act of July 2, 1862.

No. 5. Statement showing the quantity of swamp lands selected for the several States under the acts of Congress approved March 2, 1849, and September 28, 1850, and March 12, 1860, up to and ending September 30, 1865.

No. 6 Statement exhibiting the quantity of swamp land approved to the several States under the acts of Congress approved March 2, 1849. September 28 1850, and March 12, 1860, up to and ending September 30, 1867.

No. 7. Statement exhibiting the quantity of swamp land patented to the several States under the acts of Congress approved September 28, 1850, and

March 12, 1860; and also the quantity certified to the State of Louisiana under the act approved March 2, 1849.

No.8. Exhibit of bounty land business under acts of 1847, 1850, 1852, and 1855, showing the issue and locations from the commencement of the operations under said acts to June 30, 1867.

No. 9. Statement showing the State selections under the “internal improvement” grant of 4th of September, 1841, on the 30th of June, 1867.

No. 10. Statement respecting the accounts of receivers of public moneys, disbursing agents, and adjustment of the five per cent. fund.

No. 11. Statement showing the selections made by. certain States of lands within their own limits under agricultural and mechanic aot of July 2, 1862, and its supplemental acts of April 14, 1864, and June 21, 1866 ; also the locations made with scrip under said acts.

No. 12. Statement exhibiting land concessions by acts of Congress to States and corporations for railroad and military wagon road purposes from the year 1850 to June 30, 1867.

No. 13. Statement exhibiting land concessions by acts of Congress to States for canal purposes from the year 1827 to June 30, 1867.

No. 14. Statement showing the homestead fees and commissions required to be paid under the several homestead acts.

No. 15. Estimate of appropriations required for the office of the Commissioner of the General Land Office for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1869.

No. 16. Estimates of appropriations for the surveying department for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1869.

No. 17. Estimates of appropriations required for surveying the public lands for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1869.

No. 18. Reports of surveyors general, A to L inclusive.

No. 19.. Statement of confirmed Indian pueblo grants and private land claims in New Mexico.

No. 20. General tabular statement exhibiting the following: No. 1, States and Territories containing public land; No. 2, square miles and areas of States and Territories containing public land; No. 3, quantity sold; No. 4, entered under the homestead law; No. 5, granted for military services; No. 6, granted for agricultural colleges; No. 7, approved under grants in aid of railroads; No. 8, approved swamp selections; No. 9, quantity granted for internal improvements; No. 10, donations and grants for schools and universities; No. 11, locations with Indian scrip; No. 12, located with float scrip; No. 13, estimated quantity granted for wagon roads; No. 14, quantity granted for ship canals; No. 15, salines; No. 16, seats of government and public buildings; No. 17, granted to individuals and companies; No. 18, granted for deaf and dumb asylums; No. 19, reserved for benefit of Indians; No. 20, reserved for companies, individuals, and corporations; No. 21, confirmed private land claims; No. 22, quantity remaining uusold and unappropriated June 30, 1867.

No. 21. Historical and statistical table of the United States of North America.

No. 22. Statement showing the area and population of the British possessions north of the United States boundary

No. 23. Statement showing the area and population of the West Indies, Mexican states, Central America, and New Granada

No. 24. Set of twenty-eight maps of all the public land States and Territories, to wit: Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Dakota, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Nebraska, Kansas, Indian Territory, Colorado, New Mexico, Montana, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, California, Oregon, Washington Territory, and Russian America.

Each map shows the extent of the public surveys where such have been ex. tended; also the names of countries and resources, so far as furuished by the data on hand.

No. 25. Connected map of the United States from ocean to ocean, exhibiting

the extent of the public surveys, localities, land districts, seats of surveyors general's offices and district officers; also localities of railroads of general interest and mineral deposits.

No. 26. Map of the world on Mercator's projection.

No. 1.- Tabular statement showing the number of acres of public lands surveyed

in the following land States and Territories up to June 30, 1866, during the last fiscal year, and the total of the public lands surveyed up to June 30, 1867; also the total area of the public domain remaining unsurveyed within the same.

Area of the land States

and Territories.

Land States and


Number of acres of public lands sur

Number of acres of public lands sur

veyed during the fiscal year end-
ing June 30, 1866, but not include
in last year's report,

Number of acres of public lands sur

veyed within the tiscal year end.
ing June 30, 1867.

Total of the public lands surveyed

Total area of public lands, including

Russian territory, remaining un.
surveyed, and of course unoffered
and undisposed of; also private
land claims surveyed and not re-
ported up to June 30, 1867.


In square miles.


34, 511, 360 53, 924 34,511, 360

34,511, 360
35, 228, 800 55, 045 35, 228, 800

35, 228, 800 Minnesota.

53, 459, 840 83, 531 22, 045, 867 50 864, 690 222, 910, 612 30, 549, 228 Kansas

52, 043, 520 81,318 16, 17, 776 45, 897 c4, 292, 775 20, 510, 443 Nebraska.

31, 533, 077 48, 636, 800 75,995 13, 561, 132

d1,959, 117 15, 520, 249 California

33, 116, 551 120.947, 840 188, 981 27, 680, 685 130, 761 899, 881 28, 711, 327 Nevada...

92, 236, 513 71, 737, 741 112, 090 728, 119 19, 531

16,319 763, 969 Oregon.

70,973, 772 60, 975, 360 95, 274 5, 730, 186

414, 450 Washington Ter

6, 144, 6:36 54, 830, 724 44, 796, 160 69, 994 3, 530, 645 54, 843 294, 550 3, 880, 038 Colorado Territory.

40,916, 122 66, 880,000 104,500 1, 622, 251 91, 831

1, 130, 775 2, 844, 857 Utah Territory

64, 035, 143 56, 355, 635 88, 056 2, 425, 239 Arizona Territory

e92, 673 2, 517, 912 53, 837, 723 72, 906, 304 113,916 New Mexico Ter..

72.906, 304 77,568, 640 121, 201 2, 293, 142

$ 39, 413 Dakota Territory..

2,332, 555 75, 236, 085 153, 982, 080 240,597 1, 859, 989

803, 671 | 62, 663, 660 Idaho Territory

151, 318, 420 58, 196, 480 90, 932 Montana Territory.

58, 196, 480 92, 016, 640 143, 776 Missouri..

92, 016, 640 41, 824, 000 65, 350 41, 824, 000

41.824, 000 Alabama 32, 462, 080 50,722 32, 462, 080

32, 462, 080 Mississippi. 30, 179, 840 47, 156 30, 179, 840

30, 179, 840 Louisiana 26, 461, 440 41,346 23, 461, 440

23, 461, 440 Arkansas.

3,000,000 33, 406, 720 52, 198 33, 406, 720

33, 406, 720 Florida.. 37, 931, 520 59, 268 26, 631, 520

26, 631, 520 11,300,000 Ohio 25, 576, 960 39,964 25, 576, 960

25, 576, 960 Indiana 2!, 637, 760 33, 809 21, 637, 760

21, 637, 760 Michigan 36, 128, 640 56, 451 36, 128, 640

36, 128, 640 Illinois

35, 462, 400 55, 410 35, 462, 400 Indian territory.

35, 462, 400 44, 154, 240 68, 991 American purchase

44, 154,240 from Russia 369, 529, 600 577, 390

369, 529,600 Total. 1,834, 998, 400 2,867, 185 474, 160, 551 342, 913 | 10, 808, 314 485, 311, 778 1,349, 686, 622

a. Of which 606,065.05 acres are Dakota or Sioux Indian lands. Act March 3, 1863, United States Laws, vol. 12, p. 819.

o. of which 115, 107.60 acres are Dakota or Sioux Indian lands. Act March 3, 1863, United States Laws, ol. 12, p. 819. c. of which 798,613 acres are Cherokee neutral lands. Treaty July 27, 1866.

c. Of which 871,751 acres are Osage lands, sold to United States. Treaty September 29, 1865, article 1– United States Laws, 1866 and 1867, p. 135.

c. Of which 1, 225,602 acres are Osage lands, ceded in trust to United States. Treaty September 29, 1865, article 2- United States Laws, 1866 and 1867, p. 136,

d. Of which 302,832 acres are Omaha lands. Treaty March 16, 1854, vol. 10, p. 1043, of which 205,335 acres belong to Omaha under treaty of March 6, 1865–United States Laws 1864 and 1865, p. 13; and 97, 497 acres to Winnebago Indians-United States Laws 1865 and 1866, p. 17. e. Vacated Indian reservations. Act of Congress approved May 5, 1861–Statutes at Large, vol. 13, p. 63. f. Private claims in New Mexico.


General Land Office, October 15, 1867.

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