Cliff Cemetery (Catholic)

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Significance

One of the most picturesque and serene cemeteries in the Copper Country, this Catholic resting ground sits under the moist dark canopy of a old cedar forest. Here a collection of iron crosses, fences, wooden markers, and white headstones protrude through a lush green blanket of clover, lit by streams of filtered sunlight breaking through the high canopy above. Established in 1843 primarily for Catholics in nearby Cliffton, the cemetery also served several other mine locations including the Phoenix Mine to the east. Buried here are a large number of Irish immigrants who came to work at the Cliff Mine. The cemetery continued to be used for a few decades after the Cliff’s closing, up to around 1890.

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