The famous Cliff Mine and the Village of Clifton
Opened in 1845, the Cliff is one of the most historic mines in the Keweenaw. Worked for over 35 years, the mine produced the first dividend in the copper region in 1849, a total of $60,000. Production slowed after the Civil War and basically ceased by the 1890s. Here are several interesting images of the mine and village.
(It would be difficult to give a detailed history of the Cliff Mine here. Therefore, I recommend "The Cliff, America's First Great Copper Mine" written by Donald Chaput and published by Sequoia Press, 1971)
An early (c. mid-1850s) view of the mining property with a plan view below showing the surface developments.
Another view of the surface developments from about the mid-1860s.
The series of photographs below date from the early 1900s, long after the mine and village were abandoned. I have been unable to accurately identify the majority of the structures in most of the photos. Any help would be appreciated.
The photo above shows the residence of Mr. Oliver A. Farwell, agent of the Cliff Copper Company from 1872-1881.
Below you can see the Episcopal Church on left and Cornish Methodist on the right.
More views showing the Methodist Church with its faceted steeple and several of the smaller log cabin homes for the miners.