ISHPEMING, Mich. (WLUC) - The Cliffs Shaft Mining Museum in Ishpeming is open for its 15th season.
The Cliffs Shaft Mine began in 1884 as a result of a new technology called diamond drilling. It was the longest running and highest producing underground mine on the Marquette Range, stopping production in 1967. Staff hopes the museum can give visitors an idea of what mining iron ore was like and how it's played a role in the community.
"The iron ore is where it is, and the mines of course start first, to go after the iron ore and towns grew up around the mines. And so the town of Ishpeming, the town of Negaunee, Republic, Gwinn are all a result of iron ore operations in this area," explains Mark Dryer, Board of Directors' Vice President of the Cliffs Shaft Mining Museum.
The museum has grown every year since its inception, with last year being its best yet. The museum hopes to add a simulation to the museum where visitors can experience mining conditions, such as how dirty it was, the noise, and darkness.
The Cliffs Shaft Mining Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., until September 26. Admission is $6 and tours are $12.