Copper Range Digital Archive Catalog
Volunteers at the PM&S have digitized hundreds of documents that were recovered from the Champion Mine’s Office in Painesdale before it was demolished. For the past 25 years these documents have been held in safe keeping by the Copper Range Historical Society and Painesdale Mine & Shaft. This digital library contains an incredible range of topics. Paychecks, underground drift diagrams, photos, journals and blueprints to name just a few.
This digital catalog is a large file (44Mb) and will take a few minutes to download. Please be patient.
View the Copper Range Digital Archive Catalog here
A digitally scanned collection of employee paychecks. In total around 7,200 paychecks have been saved as digital images. About 75% of the checks were issued in either 1930 or 1940. The rest were distributed over the years 1919, 1920, 1921, 1934, 1936, 1937, 1941 and 1944. The check images have been curated to allow easy on-line browsing by individuals interested in looking for names that they recognize.
View the paycheck index here
We are currently collecting memories of what life was like in Painesdale during the mining days. We appreciate any additions to this effort. If you have a memory you would like to share, please contact us.
A Shaft of Memories by a Coal Miner’s Daughter by Benita Hall Cole
Portrait of Cesare Cappo by Annette Cappo Butina
Memories Of Painesdale by Orrin H. Bentz
Tara’s Store and The Great Depression by Thomas Cernek.
More stories about the Teague Barber Shop and Other Stories by James Teague Gourd and Ruth Cleary