The now idle Creek Paum Mine was Knight Hawk's first and opened in 1998 with the original group of 17 miners. Creek Paum produced a lower sulfur Illinois coal. Approximately 200,000 tons of the original 12.5 million-ton reserve remain that is used for blending.
Creek Paum houses two other important facilities: the Creek Paum preparation plant and Knight Hawk's coal lab. The plant is still utilized to process some of Knight Hawk's various products acting in support of the Prairie Eagle preparation plant. The lab is a fully functional facility able to process short proximate analysis to ASTM standards. The lab, which processes more than 12,000 sample per year, participates in industry-wide testing to fantastic results.