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A Walk Around East Hancock

Hancock’s Original Gated Community

A trip across the bridge towards Hancock brings you alongside a steep hillside truncated by a large retaining wall. Peering up above that wall and to the hill’s top reveals a collection of impressive homes and a drive up that hill reveals even more. This is East Hancock, a community that was once home to Hancock’s upper echelon. It was a place set apart from the rest of the city not just economically but geographically as well thanks to a wide deep ravine bordering its western edge. The ravine gave East Hancock its own barrier and created a pseudo gated community – perhaps the region’s first. Within its confines would reside Hancock’s upper class – lawyers, mine clerks, business owners, and bankers. For those with aspirations to be Hancock’s elite, East Hancock was the neighborhood of choice.

More than a century later those upper class residents no longer call the neighborhood home, yet the grand opulent buildings they erected continue to stand as monuments to East Hancock’s more prestigious past – carefully maintained and cared for by their current occupants. Because of them those beautiful homes can be enjoyed still today for those willing to take a walk or drive through the shaded streets.

East Hancock is located as its name suggest on the east end of Hancock starting at Dunstand Street.




  1. Is the ravine that divided East Hancock the one that the cog rail tram uses on the Quincy Mine tour?

  2. No , the cog rail train runs down the hill to the east of the original incline. The original incline started just to the west of the where the Quincy Roundhouse is now. It ran straight down the hill and down into the ravine and out to the stamp mill on portage lake, which sat just to the north-west of where the Ramada Inn is now. (The sandstone building along the hillside behind the ramada is the old Pump House for the mill – it now is home to a motorsports dealer)

    To help illustrate I’ve included a map…

  3. I was born and raised on the West side of Hancock, but had friends and some family who lived on the East side. Thank you so much for giving me a tour of these beautiful homes! When you live almost 1500 miles away, it’s hard to get back and see everyone and everything that you want to see. Can’t tell you how much I have enjoyed seeing these homes and other posts from the area. Keep them coming! Any book idea’s in the future? Thanks again!

  4. I loved looking at all these old homes. The last one was my grandparents home. My mom grew up in that house and it was built by her grandfather in the late 1800’s. Brings back a lot of memories. Thank you.

  5. I live in west Hancock now but I remember that area from my first trip here four years ago before I actually moved, did the Quincy mine tour one day and walked the entire neighborhood from the bottom of the tram ride back across the bridge and was duly impressed with the houses. Just wish I’d taken pictures… Thanks, Mike!

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