Dam Jam raises funds for purchase of waterfalls

ATLANTIC MINE – A weekend fundraiser helped the Keweenaw Land Trust get closer to keeping upper Hungarian Falls accessible to the public.

The KLT Dam Jam, which featured an array of local musicians Saturday at Brownstone Hall, drew roughly 300 attendees and raised about $6,500.

“It was definitely above what we were expecting,” KLT project intern Nathan Miller said.

The KLT is now within about $8,000 of the $40,000 goal to purchase the 10-acre property, which includes the uppermost Hungarian Falls, historic dam and woodland trails. The fundraising deadline is April 30.

KLT is also up to 80 new members, just 20 shy of the 100-member challenge, which would trigger $10,000 in donations from major donors.

The Hungarian Falls is located near Tamarack City and the uppermost 10 acres is owned by the Torch Lake Area Fire Protection Authority, which formerly used the pond behind the dam for fire protection. The property was put on the market in December, but the listing was pulled and KLT has been working on the purchase since then. The lower falls is state owned.