Reissue of The Cliff: America’s First Great Copper Mine, now available. And a new blog.


This is actually old news now but I realized I forgot to post something here. I don’t update this blog anymore, so it slipped my mind. If have set up a new personal blog, The Industrious Archaeologist blog at (that still covers/will cover a lot on Cliff) for anyone interested in following along. It’s pretty new, and there isn’t a whole lot written yet, but topics include Copper Country sites and projects, energy’s role in shaping industrial landscapes (especially the shift from organic to mineral energy sources), as well as an ongoing biography/travel blog on the life and travels of the Cliff mine’s very own man-engine man, Joseph Rawlings. I may even archive some of this blog over there at some point. But anyway, back to the subject of the post…

7c0407_4f7125100c50424dbd6bfa5108dfde2aOriginally published in the mid-1970s, Donald Chaput’s The Cliff Mine: America’s First Great Copper Mine is one of the best historical accounts of the Copper Country. Though dealing with the history of the Cliff’s most productive period (1845-1870), the book also looks at the region as a whole, and tells of local events at the Cliff within a larger, national framework.


The book was just recently re-issued, and retitled, “Revisited”. It contains the original work, followed by some additional chapters written by your’s truly. These additional chapters cover activites at the Cliff during the twentieth century, recent archaeological investigations at the site, and recent environmental remediation of the site’s stamp sand tailings. There are a lot of new photos, both historic and recent, along with some timeline maps I created to help explain the rise and fall of the mine’s landscape, and how it looks today. Financed by the Quincy Mine Hoist Association, sales of the book help them with their preservation efforts and heritage activites at the Quincy Hoist, one of the Copper Country’s premier historical sites.

Soft and hard cover editions are now available through the  store page of the QMHA’s website, as well as Amazon.

So go buy it, help out the QMHA, and support efforts to keep the story of native copper mining alive.


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About Sean Gohman

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

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