Cliff after the spring thaw

Cliff after the spring thaw.

We checked out the mill site today on a rainy (but not too cold) day. The site looks good overall. The backfill covering last year’s excavations have settled a bit but its much easier to see where we were working in person than it is in the photo. Unfortunately someone decided to dig/pull out rocks under the stone wall separating the stamp room from the wash house. The damage is not too bad. Its just too bad that people just keep their hands off this site and let it be so that people can continue to enjoy it as it is for decades to come.


About Sean Gohman

Currently a PhD Degree seeking student in the Michigan Tech University's Industrial Heritage and Archaeology program.

3 responses to “Cliff after the spring thaw”

  1. Jill Rubel says :


    I’m very happy to have found your Blog.

    I have been curious about a picture that has ended up in my hands. It is a picture of a home, built in 1850 in Cliff Mine. The family name is Mr. and Mrs. Henry F. Leopold and they are related to me on my Father’s side.

    I plan to drive to Cliff Mine on April 19 or 20. I want to learn more about the Leopolds and their lives in Cliff Mine. I am wondering if you can provide me with any information about where to begin my search.

    Thank you,
    Jill Rubel

    • Sean Gohman says :

      The name Leopold is not immediately familiar to me. I would suggest looking for information through the Keweenaw County Historical Society. Many of their volunteers have done extensive genealogical/biographical research of the people who lived in and around Cliff and Clifton.

    • Timothy James Scarlett says :

      Dear Ms. Rubel,
      Please send us a digital copy of the picture. We’d be happy to tell you whatever we can about it, and we’ll keep an eye open for the Leopold name. We will be working more in Clifton this summer and so perhaps we will find new information. Sean’s advice about the KCHS is good because they have great resources to help people with research like this!
      Best regards,

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