About Us

Painesdale Mine and Shaft, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. According to our Constitution and Bylaws: “The purpose and objectives of the Painesdale Mine and Shaft, Inc. shall be to preserve the one remaining shafthouse (#4) while maintaining a safe environment, to receive as gifts or bequests, to purchase, to raise funds, to preserve and to make available to the people all procurable material and properties pertinent to the history of the area, and to raise monies to accomplish the goals.”

By preserving and restoring the Champion #4 Shaft-Rockhouse, Painesdale Mine & Shaft, Inc. hopes to continue using it as a museum so that future generations can experience the sights, sounds, smells, and the feel of mining as it once was. Along with the #4 Shaft House, there remains numerous industrial buildings, railway equipment, and private homes related to the mining area. PM&S Inc. hopes to someday identify these structures so that the full story of what life was like in Painesdale can be told.


42634 2nd St (Shaft House Road), Painesdale, MI 49955

Monthly Meetings

The Board of Directors would like to invite interested people to join our monthly Board meetings.
For the months of October thru June we will be meeting via Zoom. Meetings are held at
6:30 P.M. Eastern Time on the fourth Tuesday of the month. No meeting is held in December.
If you are interested in knowing more, send us an email ([email protected]) and we will add you to the invitation list.

Current board:

Michael Prast – President
Vince Kanthak – Treasurer
Barbara Manninen – Secretary

Catherine Lewis
Kurt Stevens

Trustee Emeritus:
Janet Gregorich


You may contact us by mail, email or phone at:

Painesdale Mine & Shaft, Inc.
PO Box 332
Painesdale, MI 49955

(906) 369-5358

[email protected]

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