Clifton-French River

Clifton-French River (HMTDV)

Location: Duluth, MN 55804 St Louis County
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Country: United States of America
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N 46° 54.051', W 91° 53.955'

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Clifton, first townsite surveyed in the United States section of the North Shore, was plattedwest of the mouth of the French River in 1855. The river was known to early explorersas Riviere des Francais. Rumors of nearby copper deposits resulted in widespread prospectingand townsite planning in the 1850s. Like many of the projected towns, Clifton neverdeveloped. From 1864 to 1866, the French River Mining Company and the North ShoreMining Company dug several exploratory shafts, but failed to locate profitable copper deposits.Extensive lumbering operations were carried on here in the 1880s.

Erected by the St. LouisCounty Historical Society in cooperation with the Minnesota Highway Department 1959
[Seals of the State of Minnesota Department of Highways and The Minnesota Historical Society]
Marker NumberSL-DUT-002
Year Placed1959
Placed ByThe Minnesota Department of Highways and Minnesota Historical Society
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Date Added Sunday, September 21st, 2014 at 9:25pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 583839 N 5194734
Decimal Degrees46.90085000, -91.89925000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 46° 54.051', W 91° 53.955'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds46° 54' 3.06" N, 91° 53' 57.30" W
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Area Code(s)218
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5338 Ryan Rd, Duluth MN 55804, US
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