Feb 23-07

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2007: February: Feb 23-07
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Photo by Karl Berg

Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Friday, February 23, 2007 - 08:19 am:

Karl Berg snapped this photo of Centennial Mine Shaft #6, located near The Hut Inn, which of course is also home to Pasty Central and Pasty.Net Internet services. Since I have limited information about this piece of Copper Country history, I'm going to rely on the historical knowledge of our daily visitors. I know there are a number of you with plenty of background info, so please chime in. While we're waiting for our Pasty Cam historians, perhaps you'd like to check out a few pictures of similar looking shafts, along with a number of closer shots of Centennial #6, from the Copper Country Reflections website.

This doesn't have anything to do with today's picture or with Pasty Central, but I need your help...Actually my nephew needs your help, as he is quite sick. I've created a page here at Pasty Central about what is happening. I'd appreciate it if you would take the time to read about Kevin's illness and how you might be able to help. Thank you for taking the time to check this out: Kevin's Story ---- Thank you...Mary Drew
Smfwixom (Trollperson) on Friday, February 23, 2007 - 08:22 am:

Thanks for the Copper Country Reflections website link!

By Dennis Harju (Upsuomi) on Friday, February 23, 2007 - 08:29 am:

I lived in Centennial next to the grade school in the 60's. I watched this mine being built from my front yard. I also remember it re-opened for awhile in the 70's. Thank you for the flash back in time.

By Pete Wilberding (Peshtigopete) on Friday, February 23, 2007 - 09:02 am:

Centenial 6 was one of the shafts, the other being the No.2 that Homestake Mining leased to experiment with finding a way to make mining in the Copper Country profitable. They dewatered the shafts and built a smal mill but were never able to come up with a solution. Doug Halbe was the superintendent at the site and lived in Lake Linden.

By Eddyfitz (Eddyfitz) on Friday, February 23, 2007 - 09:28 am:

Not a mining expert but here is a great list of Mines that were in Michigan over the last 150 years..Comes from a great Michigan railroad site.
The site also has railroad maps and depot locations from all over our state.


By Helen (Heleninhubbel) on Friday, February 23, 2007 - 09:33 am:

Good morning Mary.....and all you lovers of this sight.....isn't it wonderful ????

Well, I am going to change the subject......I hear the Robins are back......several people have told me they have seen them....one fella told me he saw a flock of them !!!! ( I work at Louies in LL part time and get all the area news...%^) ) Has any one out there seen any....????? I am still waiting..... ahhhhhh Spring....

God Bless each and every one.....(you too blue eyes)

Hi to you too Helen! Go back a few days to Feb. 15th and scroll down the page, I posted a picture and note about a Robin in my back yard!

By Gonna be a Yooper (Joanie) on Friday, February 23, 2007 - 09:58 am:

Nice picture----forgot what else I was going to say, oh well never MINE.

By Joe Dase (Up_miner) on Friday, February 23, 2007 - 10:00 am:

Pete, Centennial No. 2 was on the Kearsarge lode... Homestake Copper de-watered Centennial workings along the Calumet Conglomerate, via Shafts No. 3 and 6. Homestake copper also did work in the Quincy, and a little in Kingston, the big thing they did find is the small copper sulfide/sulfate deposits along the Keweenaw (which are probably the best candidates for future mining).

Centennial was also dewatered in the 1980's by a local group.

By Joe Dase (Up_miner) on Friday, February 23, 2007 - 10:02 am:

Also check my pictures for a few pictures from inside Centennial No. 6 and around the site...


By Lorelei (Lorelei) on Friday, February 23, 2007 - 10:52 am:

I have not seen any robins yet but last week, my Mom smelled skunk on her way to work. I couldn't believe it but when I passed the same area, sure enough! Stinky. Doesn't seem right in winter.

By Brooke (Lovethekeweenaw) on Friday, February 23, 2007 - 12:52 pm:

I love the mine sites, wandering around and looking at everything is something I could do for hours.

By Marianne Y (Marianne) on Friday, February 23, 2007 - 08:24 pm:

Helen, I woke up to many birds singing early this week, when we had our warmup. But, I haven't heard them for at least the last couple of days. Maybe they know that we have a Winter Storm Watch for a major winter storm, with 6 to 10" of snow possible from Sunday morning to Monday morning. Maybe our kids will have a Snow Day on Monday? That would be sweet, especially if our superintendent would call off school the night before. An extra day for mom to sleep in? :-)

By Helen (Heleninhubbel) on Friday, February 23, 2007 - 08:32 pm:

Thanks Mary......I saved it in my pictures...I love the Robins.............xo

By Capt. Paul (Eclogite) on Saturday, February 24, 2007 - 01:19 am:

There was actually 6 shafts at Centennial. #1 and #2 are on the east side of 41 and is where the county totally removed the piles. Dirty shame too; there was some great epidote and quartz crystals in that pile, along with some rare colored datolite.

#3 and #6 are on the west side of 41, with #3 being the green shafthouse on Centennial Heights Rd., and #6 being the Key Project that Homestack worked in the 70's. I believe Homestack de-watered #6 down to about 32 levels before giving up on the project.

Without looking at my maps, I'm not sure exactly where #4 and #5 were, but I believe they were along strike with #3 and #6. Sorry for the late post, but the Dr. and I were judging the State Science Fair today and just got back. I guess the saying "better late than never" could apply here......

By Joe Dase (Up_miner) on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 10:25 am:

Capt. Paul,

Yes, 4 and 5 lie directly between 3 and 6 Shaft, I think there were 7 shafts however. I donít know if the Vent raise to the north of 6 Shaft was counted as No. 7 Shaft. I have seen references to 7 shafts however; PP144 is obviously not helpful since Shaft 6 came so far after PP144. Homestake dewatered No. 6 Shaft all the way to the shaft sump then started sinking again, and put the shaft down to the 5500 level and started drifting and diamond drilling off of that level. I think they did about 1000ft of drifting before the plug was pulled on that level. I know some drilling and drifting was done on the levels between 5500 and 3600, and shaft stations were cut every 100ft. The second dewatering of Centennial only got to the 3600, used the rest of the shaft as a big sump.

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