Central Mine

Central Mine, Mohawk: Hours, Address, Central Mine Reviews: 5/5

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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JanJ
Lisbon, NH111 contributions
Another piece of copper mining history.
Sep 2021 • Couples
We were sent to Central Mine from an employee of Delaware Mine. So glad we came because we learned that the settlement was at one time a busy place featuring a school, church a doctor’s office and other buildings. The film that is shown explains what life was like at the peak of the mining operation. Hiking trails take you around the settlement with a few houses open to the public.
No admittance fee but leave a donation, since it’s funded through donations.
Dog friendly.
Written September 20, 2021
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Renee M
Lansing, MI79 contributions
Scenic bit of history in the Keweenaw!
Aug 2019
My husband and I found this place when we were headed to Copper Harbor. We saw a road sign and decided to stop and I'm so glad we did! One of the former miner's homes is now the visitor's center, with displays, photographs and a video with information about the town. The town is a restoration work in progress and while it is free, there is a donation box in the visitor's center which everyone should contribute to. Some of the former miners' homes are furnished with period pieces and can be self-toured. You can also hike up to the top of the piles of mine tailings and get a fabulous scenic view of the area! The unique-looking Methodist Church with its crenellated bell tower, reminiscent of a castle, is the site of a town reunion every summer. It's a ghost town that hasn't been forgotten. We were able to tour a couple of the houses but ran out of time to do more. I'm looking forward to visiting again to hike around on the trails throughout the town site to see evidence of other remnants of the town. I'm particularly fascinated by an 1895 photo of the town in the visitor's center which is interesting to see and compare to how it looks now.
Written November 24, 2019
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millerlittlegirl
Michigan Center, MI183 contributions
self guided tour
Sep 2019
we stopped and went thru the old house and the welcome center. so many artifacts to look at. dirt road. hiking trails. we didnt do the trails as it was raining that day.
Written September 6, 2019
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Chris L
Niles, MI724 contributions
A surprising find
Sep 2018 • Couples
When "ghost town" is said, the image is often of a small contained downtown area of a once prosperous town, now completely abandoned. Central Mine is not that, but is spread out among many houses, a church and a trail leading to the defunct mine operation. The history of this copper mine is told very nicely in a video shown on continuous run in the visitor center where artifacts and photos are nicely displayed.

Several of the houses can be visited and they contain period furniture.

When you stop by the visitor center, do make a donation as the renovation of these buildings is costly and it is probably strictly a volunteer operation funded by voluntary contributions.
Written September 18, 2018
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Chad D
Yale, MI49 contributions
A well preserved piece of history
Sep 2017 • Couples
My wife and I had some extra time, so we thought we'd stop off and see what Central Mine was all about. This is a very well preserved ghost town left over from a booming mining industry. There are hiking paths, and along the paths, you will find apple, pincherry, and plum trees; as well as sweet peas that mark out where someone once called home. We only had time to hike a few trails, and didn't venture too far into the buildings. We are planning on going back next year, and will definitely be spending more time here.
Written October 4, 2017
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Paul S
165 contributions
Don't blink, you will miss it
Aug 2017 • Family
Part of the Keweenaw heritage trail, this is a ghost town and mine. You need a map because some of the historical buildings are private residences. It is amazing how preserved some of the homes are, so one can get a feel how they lived. The views are amazing, terrain is a little challenging, but all and all I was glad we stopped.
Written August 30, 2017
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beccavandavis
Grandville, MI18 contributions
Hidden piece of history, neat ghost town
Aug 2017 • Family
On our way out of Copper Country to our next UP destination, we made a quick stop here as it was one of the Keweenaw Heritage Sites and my kids were working through their Copper Country Junior explorer books (highly recommend!!) Sadly we didn't have more than 10 minutes to stop and peek inside the visitor center. There were exhibits and a movie running that gave a glimpse of the history of this once bustling town that lost most of it's residents after the mine closed in 1898. We peeked inside one of the houses as well, and my kids were as fascinated as I was to imagine such a quiet, isolated place as a large village where so many people worked and lived.
I'd love to go back and spend the time to check it out - this historical site is about more than mining, it is about the community there and what families lives and their homes, schools, and churches.
Admission is free with a donation requested.
Written August 9, 2017
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TheGambianRPCV
Reynoldsburg, OH667 contributions
History lover surprize!
Jul 2017 • Family
We decided to stop after seeing signs and were pleasantly surprised. You don't see an actual mine but you do see the remnants of a community of 1300 residents. Several houses have been preserved and you can take self guided tours.

The houses are basic in nature, but it does give you a glimpse of an early mining community. It seems there is a reunion of sorts for all decedents of the town the last week of July.

Our only disappointment, which is understandable, the Methodist Church was not open for touring.

A brochure is available that give a history of the entire town.

A great place to stop and lose yourself.
Written July 23, 2017
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