Painesdale Mine & Shaft
Champion #4 Shaft House was built in 1902 as part of the Copper Range Mining Co. mines that ran from Atlantic Mine to Painesdale, MI. Champion #4 operated for nearly 65 years before closing in 1967.
Our mine shaft is majestic to look at from the outside. Visitors who arrange tours get to see the inside of the shaft house, the hoist house, and the Captain's office. Visitors say that they feel like they have stepped back in time. They say it looks like the whistle blew at the end of the day, everyone went home everyone went home, and it remained the way it was decades ago. This is kind of the truth. While we have done some restorations to keep the buildings intact, we make every effort to keep theoriginal look of the buildings. Because we rely on private donations, we don’t have money to make the place look shiny and new even if we wanted to (which we don’t).We enjoy sharing and showing our mine buildings and appreciate all of you who have shown an interest in our organization. Tours are offered by appointment. If you would like to arrange a tour when you visit the area, call Sherri at (906) 231-4930.
One of the main attractions of the Captain’s Office are the heavy payroll ledgers that we have on display on the tables in the office. Visitors are welcome to look through them to see if they can find the name of a relative, someone they know, or a friend of the family. We also have a supply of canceled payroll checks that we give out to relatives, free of charge. It may take a bit of time to search through the envelopes, but there is such joy if you are lucky and find your relative.
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