Painesdale, Michigan

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Painesdale, Michigan
Unincorporated community
Looking south along M-26
Looking south along M-26
Painesdale, Michigan is located in Michigan
Painesdale, Michigan
Painesdale, Michigan
Coordinates: 47°02′36″N 88°40′20″W / 47.04333°N 88.67222°W / 47.04333; -88.67222Coordinates: 47°02′36″N 88°40′20″W / 47.04333°N 88.67222°W / 47.04333; -88.67222[1]
Country United States
State Michigan
County Houghton
Township Adams
Elevation[1] 1,299 ft (396 m)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 49955
Area code(s) 906
GNIS feature ID

634293[1]

Painesdale, Michigan
NRHP Reference # 93000623
Added to NRHP July 16, 1993

Painesdale is an unincorporated community in Houghton County, Michigan, United States. Painesdale is located in Adams Township along M-26, 2.5 miles (4.0 km) southwest of South Range.[2] Painesdale has a post office with ZIP code 49955.[3]

History[edit]

church
Houses in Painesdale

Painesdale was built by the Champion Mining Company between 1899 and 1917, and named after the Boston businessman William A. Paine, who was associated with many mines as well as the Paine Webber brokerage.[4] Painesdale was located near the copper load, and the company designed the town following theories of efficient planning.[4]

Champion's copper mine was an important producer from 1900 to 1930, and continued sporadic production until the late 1960s.[4] Painesdale experienced labor strikes in 1904 and 1913, the latter being long remembered for its violence.[5]

During the Cold War, Painesdale had an Air Defense Command radar station of the Permanent System radar network (P-16A, 47°02′12″N 088°41′43″W / 47.03667°N 88.69528°W / 47.03667; -88.69528 (P-16A)). In 1993, the town was added to the National Register of Historic Places.[5] The designation applies to the area encompassing Painesdale streets and the Champion Mine.[6]

Description[edit]

Painesdale contains rows of identical saltbox workers' houses as well as managers' houses that were more individualized.[4] A single shaft house from the Champion Mine is still in the lower part of town, surrounded by other substantial mine buildings.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Painesdale, Michigan
  2. ^ Houghton County (PDF) (Map). Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget. 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-25. 
  3. ^ ZIP Code Lookup, United States Post Office
  4. ^ a b c d e "Painesdale". Michigan State Housing Development Authority: Historic Sites Online. Retrieved June 20, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Bogue, Margaret Beattie (2007). Around the Shores of Lake Superior: A Guide to Historic Sites, p. 300. The University of Wisconsin Press.
  6. ^ National Register of Historic Places.