Central

“In 1854 a mine was opened on a fissure deposit of copper atop a craggy bluff overlooking the East Branch of the Eagle River. Like most mines begun along the Keweenaw it was a great gamble, and one that quickly paid off. In the first forty feet of depth the mine recovered over 40 tons of pure mass copper, and became the only mine ever in the Copper Country to make a profit its first year. Quickly the word spread and the workers arrived. Just as quickly the town of Central was born.

The Central Mine’s success would last for over 40 years, and in that time the craggy bluff would become home to over 1200 people becoming one of the most populous places in Keweenaw Country. The town boasted a church, three story school house, post office, telegraph office, and one of the premier telephone services in all of the Copper Country. It also contained dozens upon dozens of houses spread out over a crisscrossing of streets up and down the hillside. But the town was built and sustained by copper and when that copper ran out – as it did in 1894 – the town was doomed. The people left, the houses were abandoned, and the town became yet another ghost town.”

A Central House

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Hidden away off the main road in the old ghost town of Central sits this interesting old home – one of hundreds that once graced the slopes of the hillside here. It seems in remarkably great shape, looking almost as ... More »

Central Salt Box

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The vast majority of housing established across the peninsula was built by mine companies for the housing of their workforce, a necessary expense considering the remoteness of the region. Companies would keep costs as low as they could, utilizing very ... More »

Along the Greenstone Flow

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The high ridges that make up the Keweenaw’s rocky spine were born from volcanic activity millions of years ago. They consist of stacked layers of basalt (cooled lava) – known collectively as the Greenstone Flow. The Greenstone Flow was resistant ... More »

Bricks and Stone

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If you follow one of the trails near the visitors center, you find yourself hiking up the steep bluff above the town to a simple sign in the woods. Although there isn’t much left to show for it, here once ... More »

Central Church

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the lone church at Central, built for the Cornish by the Cornish Central, like all other mining towns along the Keweenaw, were populated by peoples from all across Europe and Great Britain. A substantial part of Central’s inhabitants were Irish ... More »

Visitor’s Center

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the new visitors center and miner’s house at Central For many decades Central simply sat and decayed. Building after building was abandoned, and year after year the heavy snows did their work brining them down. Besides a few summertime residents, ... More »

A Ghost Town No More

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Even decades after its closure, the size and scope of a once thriving settlement can easily be seen In 1854 a mine was opened on a fissure deposit of copper atop a craggy bluff overlooking the East Branch of the ... More »