Month: November 2009

Industry

The Cupola Building (p1)

The slag that is removed from the reverberatory furnaces contains as much as 18 percent copper – too rich to…
Industry

The Warehouse

Once the molten copper has been poured into ingots and allowed to cool, the finished product is then sent via…
Industry

Smelter Tech: Walker Casting Machine

An automated casting machine at work In the beginning, the finished copper from the Quincy furnaces were molded into ingots…
Industry

The Casting Plant (p2)

The 1920’s era casting plant at the Quincy Smelting works was built primarily for one reason: to house the automating…
Industry

The Casting Plant (p1)

When the new No.3/No.5 combo furnace was installed at the Quincy Smelting Works, a large component of the new system…
Industry

The Combo Furnace (p2)

Unlike its predecessor to the west, the No.5 furnace building is a very plain and uninspired structure. Unlike the sandstone…
Industry

The Combo Furnace (p1)

When the Quincy Smelter was first built, its compliment of four reverberatory furnaces was more than adequate in meeting the…
Industry

Smelter Tech: The Reverberatory Furnace

The copper that arrived to the smelter was anywhere from 70 to 90 percent pure. Due to the unique nature…
Industry

A Reverberatory Furnace

When it was first built in 1898 Quincy’s furnace building was home to a total of four reverberatory furnaces. The…
Industry

The Furnace Building

At the heart of any smelting operation is the furnace, where the actual work of melting and refining takes place.…
Industry

Inside the Briquetting Plant

A typical briquetting plant is essentially a mixing and pressing operation, utilizing generally two primary ingredients: the material to be…
Industry

Bins and Briquettes

The minerals arriving to the Quincy Smelter were historically of two basic types – small to medium sized pieces referred…
Industry

Inside the Mineral House

The Quincy Smelter’s mineral house was a vital component of the company’s move to minimize its labor overhead and streamline…
Industry

The Mineral House

The Quincy Smelter’s Mineral House (marked with an arrow) was built in 1904 to replace the old railroad warehouse sitting…
Guest Post

Welcome to the Quincy Smelter

The Quincy Smelting Works is the last of the last, a lone remnant of an industrial juggernaut that once lined…
Baltic Mine

A Baltic Powder House

It was rumored to exists somewhere out by the old Baltic Mine, and it looks like we finally have proof…