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Monday, October 15, 2012

Quincy Mine

While we were in the Houghton area to pick up some information on Isle Royale National Park the ranger gave us some information on other local area attractions in "Copper Country".  We didn't have time to explore them on this trip, but took the suggestions in case we were back again someday.  Before we left the Houghton area we took a short drive up to Quincy Mine to have a quick peek.

Once a flourishing copper mine, the Quincy Hoist Association offers both surface and underground tours of the Quincy Mine, a part of the Keweenaw National Historic Park. The copper mine was owned by the Quincy Mining Company and operated between 1846 and 1945

The Quincy Number 2 shaft was the world's deepest shaft, at 9,260 feet. To raise and lower ore and workers into this shaft, the world's largest steam-driven mine hoist was built in 1918 and housed in the Quincy Number 2 Hoist House. We skipped the tour due to time constraints, but the grounds were open for exploration and we had fun poking around the ruins.  Mines are not something we've ever toured, so now we have something new to add to our must-see list!

1 comment:

  1. Love your photos. As a former mining engineering student, I love to explore old mines.