Monthly Archives: April 2008

Quincy No. 4


For most of Quincy’s early history the vast majority of its production came out of only two shafts – the NO. 2 and NO. 4. While it had originally opened up nine shafts along the copper-rich Pewabic lode, most were ... More »

A Quincy Dry (p2)


Attached to the south end of the dry house was a second much larger building. If it wasn’t in ruin it would appear to be simply part of the rest of the structure, but in it’s current state you could ... More »

A Quincy Dry House (p1)


One of the most celebrated and successful mines along the Keweenaw was “old reliable” atop Quincy hill. For almost a century and a half the mine produced 1.5 billion pounds of copper and paid its shareholders over 30 million dollars ... More »

Of Architectural Interest


Recently while working on research for another web site, I had come across an excellent web site about Copper Country Architecture put together by the Social Science department at Michigan Tech. The site provides biographies of prominent are architects as ... More »

How to ID a Shaft

Its that time of year again when people - suffering from great bouts of cabin fever - venture out into the Keweenaw backwoods in search of old mine ruins to explore. With the leaves not yet on the trees and the snow melting - these ruins are easier to find and photograph then ever. Its a great time to go exploring, and also a great time for me to do a little public service announcement on the dangers of mine shafts. More »

Copper Country Stacks


The prevalent use of steam power for most of the Copper Country’s history meant the need for a boiler house to provide that steam. That in turn meant the presence of a smokestack. Up until the installation of electric hoists ... More »

Mohawk Mill Pump House


This post was originally written not knowing that the ruins here are in fact those of the Mohawk Mill’s Pump House. Scroll down for an update Sitting just outside of Gay – north of the vast expanse of stamp sands ... More »

The Albion Rock

If Copper Country explorers like myself can be likened to a real-life Indiana Jones, then the famous Albion Rock is our Ark of the Covenant. Stories of its existence are shrouded in myth and mystery, passed down from one explorer to the next. Legend paints an epic tale: a bare flat rock sitting on the highest point of the Keweenaw from which you can look out across the peninsula from shore to shore - reading the topography like a real-life map. Could such a place really exist? More »

Mystery at Mandan

One of the perks of creating a web site devoted to Copper Country history is that people often come to you with their Copper Country History questions. Recently I had received a question about the Mandan area - more specifically an inquiry about the locations of the mine and connecting rail spur. While I have been to the Mandan area many times, I myself had never found the mine site. As a result, I had to try to find an answer to the question from whatever clues I could discover on the internet. The information so far... More »

Mill No. 2


It wasn’t long after the new stamp mill at Torch Lake was constructed what Quincy underwent a dramatic increase in production – due mostly to the rich ground being opened along the No. 2 shaft. At first Quincy simply added ... More »