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Centennial No. 3 Panoramic

click on the image to view a panoramic of the Centennial No. 3 grounds, photographed by a fellow explorer

After yesterday’s feature on the Centennial No. 3 (as photographed by Jay Balliet), I got a few more photos of the site in my inbox. This has got to be the most popular mine site to photography – which makes sense because it’s so close to the road. People love to photograph it. I’ve always thought that it was the most “alien” looking mine around – looking nothing like anything else in the Copper Country. It doesn’t seem to fit it and looks out of place. That’s probably why I don’t have much interest in photographing it as I do other mine sites. It just doesn’t seem “right”.

That being said, someday I’ll have to get off my butt and get out to photograph it before it succumbs to history – which by the looks of things doesn’t seem so far off. For now, I’ll just keep on using other peoples photos – its a lot less work then going out and doing it myself. :)

This photo marks the first panoramic featured on this site not taken by me. This wide shot of the Centennial No. 3 surface plant has everything – hoist, shaft, headframe, and even the mill in the background. It was taken by another one of my very loyal and helpful readers – Bill Nich – back in the fall of last year. Thanks Bill!

Centennial No. 3 Panoramic…

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  1. I’m glad I made it out here when I did (August 2007). It’s a shame to see hoist support tower had collapsed in the short time between my pics and Bill’s.

    As far as being a popular mine to photograph, I’d have to say it’s because it’s so easily accessible. In fact, in this picture you can clearly see my car up by the mill buildings.

    The way we found the #3 was completely by accident. On our 2004 trip we were driving around the north side of Calumet when I spotted the #6. After seeing the entrance off the highway was blocked, we tried some back roads and stumbled upon Centennial #3.

    I guess I’ll always have a soft spot for the “outhouse on stilts” since it was my first real exploration in the Copper Country.

  2. Did find another picture on the cover of the 1866-1966 Calumet Township Centennial Book, looks like the same shaft house minus the newer siding and much different hoist house. Looks like it did have a rockbin on the bottom, as C&H rock cars are next to the mine, they were loaded out the side rather than underneath

  3. Should have waited for a minute and studied the picture more. Looks like the rock bin may still be there, judging fro the height of the supports to the bottom of where the skiproad enters the shafthouse. Its just covered over by that siding installed on the shafthouse. Also completely different wood support underneath, to bad they didn’t identify the darn pictures in the book.

  4. Jay – Sent the pics over. Funny, I found the #3 in the exact same manner you did – Bill

    All – Not sure if the tower fell or was taken down, but when I was there,(9-07) there did not seem to be enough debris there from it.

    Looked like the parts attached to cables etc were still there and tangled up, but the majority of the rest of the wooden beams were not around that I remember seeing.

  5. Thats probably the original Centennial #3, not the one currently there. I remember reading the shaft currently there was moved from another location.

  6. I’m not sure who has what pictures here, but whenever someone gets an updated panoramic I’ll swap out the version I have here with the new one – just somebody send it to me.

  7. I’ve got the finished panorama at home (it looks super sweet). Do you want a cropped version or a staggered one like the ones on here?

    I had an issue with my connection last night so didn’t get it over to Bill. I’ll be sending it his way tonight and I’ll shoot it over here as well.

  8. Jay…

    I’ll assume your talking to me. Just send the un-altered image. I have to do stuff to it to get it up here (and to follow my standardized image “look and feel”. Thanks!

  9. Can anybody make out what that sign over the door says? It looks like, “Resource Exploration Inc. Analytical Lab” Does that make any sense???

  10. I believe that Resource Exploration Inc. had to do with the reopening of the Centennial mines in the 1970’s or 1980’s (not certain on the decade). I assume that the building was an assaying station to assess the quality of copper-bearing rock brought from the bine.

  11. just a short comment(fornow) new at the computer. this is just like a test to see if i can get a message out on this site. i worked in both mentioned shaft,s #3-#6. HOMESTAKE MINING CO. MY COMP. SAYING LIKE THIS SITE EXPIRED. LIVE AND LEARN,WELL HERE GOES IF SUCCESSFUL? WILL HERE FROM ME SOME MORE. XMINER.

  12. ddutinen…

    Your comment came through fine, it sometimes takes me awhile to respond is all. You must have some great stories to share about working in the mine, and I’d love to hear them (as would my readers I’m sure) Please feel free to drop back by and share!

  13. Jay,
    I’m the one who Id’ed the shaft in the digital lib as #3, it is the origional shape, as you can detuctfrom the houses in the back ground (that are still standing) the dump that is behind the photographer and is still there today and the dump where the mill sits today as well. I can’t remember where this head frame was moved from but it is the oldest standing headframe in the Copper Country if I remember right.

  14. Well I finally fund where the Centennial #3 shafthouse came from, I knew I had read it somewhere, it was in one of C&H’s Red Metal News of March 1956.
    This headframe was located at South Kearsarge.
    And Mike, I know your head will swell now, there was actually a steam hoist at Osceola #13, it was used during the unwatering of the mine. Then it was moved to Centennial #3.
    This issue has a small article on finding the big bonanza of copper north of Centennial#3.
    $170,000 was approved to install a surface plant and unwater the shaft to the 9th level.
    Rehabilitation of the shaft, 9th level and plat.
    Drifting on the 9th level and test stoping on the Calumet Conglomerate.
    The 2nd step, if funded, would be to unwater and rehabilitate Centennial #3 to 3200 ft level, the bottom level, which was the approximate water level in the Calumet Conglomerate.
    Then drift to the north to explore areas that showed promise in diamond drilling, and at the same time to the south 1050 feet and make a connection with the 35th level of the Calumet No 5 shaft.
    The final step would be to deepen the No 3 shaft. They were hoping that there were upward extensions of ore shoots of ore reserves in the Tamarack Junior area and the costs of reaching this area could offset by mining the extensions on the way down. To gain access to this high grade ore is the goal of Centennial No 3, but they would also have to unwater the Calumet Conglomerate, which would be a huge undertaking.

  15. Gordy..

    That steam hoist you mention must be the one shown in the Copper Country Scrapbook post a few posts ahead, still sitting in the back of the hoist building. It looks like the Centennial was the hopes for many a mine company in its day, but never quite worked out as anyone had hoped. Was C&H desperate there in the last decades of its life or just hopeful? I wonder…

  16. I think it was a little of both. It wasn’t until few years ago that I was reading something about C&H when I realized how the company was so little at the end. It was nothing but a shell of its former self. Really made me sad.

  17. I’m sorry to report that this shaft house was torn down sometime during the summer of 2013. Perhaps it collapsed this past winter under the snow load and then someone removed the debris, I don’t know yet. But it was gone when I passed through there in early August.

  18. grant holmstrom your g gamp tom was my boss at no.2 senica–one of his sons worked one summer there–I also graduated with Gerald in 1954–and remember his brother tom from football–and here in Marquette where he was a professer at northern–I worked first in no 3 centenial before they started building no.6-tranfered from Kingston–after senica 2-we had to get the no.6 shaft up to surface first–transferred to osceola 6-13 from there till strike in aug 1968–we were sinking 13 down to make room for new automatic side dumping tram cars–I started at iroquios in feb 1956

  19. grant just remembering more–on the mining side–your gg gramp then who worked at bank took care of josh danniels money–he was son of capt john danniel that was in charge of sinking the tamarack mines—tom your g gramp told me josh left him $2,000—Mich tech got $400,000—he lived in one room apt –corner of hecla and school st–next to lauriam police station—tony

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