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!