Quincy Smelting Works

The Quincy Smelting Works is the last of the last, a lone remnant of an industrial juggernaut that once lined the Portage Waterway for miles. Like her shoreline brethren, the Quincy complex existed only to serve its copper masters, and when the copper empire died she died along with it. As time marched forward the sprawling industrial ruins around her were sacrificed to the region’s new master – tourism. The shoreline on which smelters, foundries, warehouses, and coal docks once stood were transformed to parks, boardwalks, and rows of townhouses. But through it all the Smelter has remained. Though battered and bruised and showing her age, the old gal continues to remind us all of the copper country’s rich industrial heritage.

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Parting Shots (p1)

Before leaving behind the Quincy Smelter for good I thought I’d share a collection of random shots from throughout the…
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Parting Shots (p2)

Continuing our final look at some of the various odds and ends scattered about the Quincy Smelting Works we take…
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A Facelift for the Quincy Smelter

It’s been over two years since I was last at the Quincy Smelter, when I was lucky enough to be…
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Piece of Slag

Mining is a messy business, an industry that discards an exceptionally large amount of waste product for such a minuscule…
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The Reverberatory Trestle

For over 70 years the sprawling smelter complex along Portage Lake – otherwise known as the Quincy Smelting Works –…
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Keebler’s Bumper

It lies half buried and forgotten, covered in decades’ worth of shifting stamp sands and scattering debris at the head…
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Dockside at the Quincy Smelter

After having been dug out of the ground, milled and smelted, copper’s last stop before leaving the region was one…