Why the mine is called "Malakoff" is unknown. It may be that the name was brought to this country by the French miners. The French fought in the Crimean War and a battle at Fort Malakov (Malakoff) in Russia. The cliffs of the mine may have reminded them of the area surrounding the Russian fort. There's a story about a rock abutment above the harbor at Cornwall, England also named Malakoff. Many Cornish miners came to the area during the gold rush and may have given the mine its name.