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Central, Michigan

Located just north of US-41 approximately 4 miles north of Phoenix. The community, now a part of the Keweenaw County Historic Society Museum Complex, was settled around the Central Mining Company in 1854. It was located in an ancient mining pit along an outcrop below a Greenstone Bluff.  Cornish miners and their families flocked from Britain and with their extensive mining knowledge they helped make this a successful venture.  At one time Central Mine, opened in 1854, was a top copper producer.  It's population went from 1,300 in 1887 to 100 in 1905. There are several buildings still standing, most of them occupied by summer residents. You can still see some of the old mine buildings and rock piles as you drive through the village. The old Methodist Episcopal Church, erected in 1868, has been recently restored.   The Central Mine is located on a fissure deposit and consists of 4 shafts and 2 adits. The Central Mining Company was organized in 1854 and has the distinction of being the first mine to turn a profit in its first year of operation. Work continued until 1898 when all operations ceased. It was sold to the Frontenac Copper Company in 1905 and later absorbed by Calumet & Hecla. In its 44 years of operation, the Central produced 51 million lbs. of refined copper and a large amount of silver. This mine is a favorite of collectors for its wide variety of minerals that can be found.  Photograph Methodist Episcopal Church courtesy of National Park Service.

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Central Mine Historic District, US 41,  Central, MI 49950, Phone: (906) 289-4990. Take a self guided walking tour of the historic mining town of Central, sponsored by the Keweenaw County Historic Society. Maps are available at the visitor's center.

Central Mine Residential Site, US-41, Central, Mohawk, MI 49950, Phone: 906-289-4990

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