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Jack Klasey: Irvin W. Powell buys a town 

By Jack Klasey

On August 19, 1913, Irvin W. Powell bought himself a whole town. In partnership with fellow Kankakeean Fred G. Snow, Powell purchased some 85 buildings making up the abandoned mining town of Cardiff.

The once-thriving village, located in Livingston County about 25 miles southwest of Kankakee, had quickly declined after the Cardiff Coal Company shut down its mine in 1912. At one time, the town's population was more than 2,000 and the mine employed about 500 men.

A Kankakee Daily Republican story on the sale of the town noted that "In the purchase of Messrs. Powell and Snow, there ...

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