Painesdale is an unincorporated communityin Houghton County, Michigan, United States. Painesdale is located in Adams Townshipalong M-26, 2.5 miles (4.0 km) southwest ofSouth Range. Painesdale has a post officewith ZIP code 49955.
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 Webberbrokerage. Painesdale was located near the copper load, and the company designed the town following theories of efficient planning.
Champion's copper mine was an important producer from 1900 to 1930, and continued sporadic production until the late 1960s.Painesdale experienced labor strikes in 1904 and 1913, the latter being long remembered for its violence.
During the Cold War, Painesdale had an Air Defense Command radar station of thePermanent System radar network (P-16A,47°02′12″N 088°41′43″W). In 1993, the town was added to the National Register of Historic Places. The designation applies to the area encompassing Painesdale streets and the Champion Mine.
Painesdale contains rows of identical saltbox workers' houses as well as managers' houses that were more individualized. A single shaft house from the Champion Mine is still in the lower part of town, surrounded by other substantial mine buildings.