Central Mine Methodist Episcopal Church, photo taken 1973
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Central Mine Methodist Church
About 1 mile north of US-41, Central - Keweenaw County
Other Names Central Mine Methodist Episcopal Church
Property Type church
Historic Use RELIGION
Style Other
Narrative Description The Central Mine Episcopal Church is a rectangular, single-story frame structure standing on a rubblework foundation. It is one of the few maintained structures of a deserted mining town. The facade is dominated by a squared, castellated tower that serves as a belfry and vestibule. The sanctuary measures approximately forty-six feet long and thirty-one feet wide. Exterior walls are covered in siding and outlined along all edges. A shingle gable roof tops the building. The sanctuary interior features handmade straight-back pine pews and the basement housed the Sunday school and library.
Statement of Significance The Central Mine Episcopal Church was the civic center of a company town where copper was mined from 1856 to 1898. It stands as the only reminder of a once booming mining center. Completed in 1869, the church was built with the volunteer joint effort of the Central Mining Company and its employees. At its peak, membership at the church numbered over 300. The only changes to the building were made in 1879--including removal of some pews--and again in 1968 when a bell was placed in the belfry. The church held significant meaning for the homesick miners from Cornwall, England, who designed it after religious architecture found in their birthplace. Their descendants return regularly to maintain the structure and hold annual services.
Period of Significance 1866-1900
Significant Date(s) 1869
Registry Type(s) 10/15/1970 National Register listed
07/17/1970 State Register listed
Site ID# P23796