Cliffs Shaft Mine Museum, Ishpeming

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The Cliffs Shaft Mine Museum is a former iron mine, now a heritage museum, located on Euclid Street between Lakeshore Drive and Spruce Street in Ishpeming, Michigan. The museum, operated by "Marquette Range Iron Mining Heritage Theme Park Inc.", celebrates the history of the Marquette Iron Range. The site was designated a state of Michigan historic site in 1973 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992.
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  • Excellent tour by retired miner Gary. Super nice guy, great sense of humor and great stories. Bought a fire poker from the blacksmith one day before the mine's 100th anniversary so he had to make a....  more »
  • This is one of the best museums I have visited, bar none. The enthusiasm of the gentlemen there for the history of the iron mining heritage of the area was immediately obvious, and the gentleman who....  more »
  • Gary and David were great hosts and we loved hearing the stories Gary had of his 30+ years in the industry. After the tour we hung around and talked with him and David for sometime and they gave us several other cool travel ideas and several good laughs. This place is a must go to, and Thursdays are Gary and David's day to volunteer. Highly recommend and will definitely be back in the future. Hope to see Gary out on the bike trails at some point too.
  • We arrived with only 35 minutes before the mine was going to close. The guide said they were not doing any more tours but a wonderful man who was NOT a tour guide but had been a 4th generation mine worker went inside with us and gave us so many details about the running of the mine and the history of the mine that it was just wonderful. I wish I had gotten his name but he was a very nice man to do that since the tour guides were done and not willing to do more. We would have gained almost nothing after paying the entrance fee but that he saved the day for us. He was super knowledgeable and well-spoken.

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