• The Mill’s Wooden Half

    The Mill’s Wooden Half

    the Quincy Mill before the addition of the addition As originally built the new mill at Mason was built much like all other mills along the copper range; a wooden structure, built down a hillside in a...

  • The Canyon (p1)

    The Canyon (p1)

    the little stream that could, finding its way through the boulders Leaping from moss covered rock to moss covered rock; we slowly made our way up stream. The powers that be had tried their best to blo...

  • Coal Dock

    Coal Dock

    the remains of the Quincy Mill’s coal dock Torch Lake sits at the southern end of the Traprock Valley, butted up against the rising ridge-line forming the Keweenaw’s spine. The 2700 acre l...

  • On the Waterfront (p4) – The Quincy Mill

    On the Waterfront (p4) – The Quincy Mill

    The long hard winter may still be with us, but take heart that another season of Copper Country exploring is on the horizon. To help you get prepared (and to help alleviate those winter blues), weR...

Quincy Mill

“The scope of the Quincy Mine operation is quickly illustrated by the continued expansion the Quincy Mill undertook at the end of the 19th century. At first Quincy built one mill here at the banks of Torch Lake complete with 5 stamping heads. Less then a decade later it built a second mill next door with three more stamp heads. Together, these two mills were capable of stamping over a million tons of rock per year, and producing over 25 million pounds of copper. But even that wasn’t enough. Due to the increased demand of copper during the first world war it became necessary to further expand the mills capacities with the construction of large additions to both buildings. At Quincy Mill No. 1, it is this concrete and brick filled structure that you see as you drive down M26. While the rest of the wooden mill quickly deteriorated over the decades since the mines closure – this more robust addition has managed to survive.”

Where Freighters Roamed


When it came to Quincy’s coal handling operation, the Coal Silo was just a middle man. The real star of the show was the company’s massive coal dock, which sat along shore  just east of the main boiler plant. The ... More »

The Coal Silo


From the back it looked to be some type of concrete silo, similar to one you’d find on a farm but with the addition of a rectangular box plastered on its backside. We’ve featured this odd structure once before here ... More »

Pieces Scattered About


Alongside the old pump house remains stands a grove of trees. At the opposite end of the wooded area stands the mill’s boiler stacks, marking where the mill’s boiler house once stood. In addition to the pump and boiler houses, ... More »

The Little Red Foundation


Of all the resources required in any milling operation, water is the most prolific. Stamps were incredibly thirsty machines, as were the assortment of jigs and wash tables that accompanied them. The daily intake of these machines exceeded millions of ... 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 »

Water Tower


Fire is always a concern at a mine, both underground and on the surface. Before 1900 most infrastructure built for a mine was built from wood; wood shaft houses, wood trestles, wood collar houses, and wood stamp mills. While a ... More »

The Power Plant (p3)


Making my way up to the top floor of the Turbine Building I found myself inside a concrete cathedral rising high above my head. This was a cavernous room a good two and a half stories in height with no ... More »

The Power Plant (p2)


Making our way inside the towering structure of the turbine building we find ourselves in what must have been the buildings basement. Even with the large window openings gracing three of the walls, the entire floor was very dark and ... More »

The Power Plant (p1)


sticking up from the trees stand the remains to the Quincy Mill’s turbine building, used to supply electricity to the mill There might have been no other place that celebrated steam power as flamboyantly then the Copper Country. Here almost ... More »

The Second Floor


Before leaving the second floor of the stamp mill we take a few more wide looks at what remains. At this point the new addition, built from brick and concrete, butts up against the original mill built from wood. The ... More »

Floors and Ceilings


looking up the old skylight of the Quincy Mill – almost a century since the glass was first installed Taking a ginger walk up the concrete stairway up to the second level of the Quincy Mill addition brought us to ... More »

The Wooden Box


a mystery box sitting among the Quincy Mill Ruins We find a lot of stuff that baffles us here at explorer. Heres another one. Before leaving the first floor of the Quincy Mill addition we notice this wooden box. It ... More »

The Addition


the Quincy Mill addition, image courtesy HAER, American Memory Collection, Library of Congress The scope of the Quincy Mine operation is quickly illustrated by the continued expansion the Quincy Mill undertook at the end of the 19th century. At first ... More »



more piling from the no2 dock at Quincy Mills After leaving the remains of the old boiler/pump house, we took a stroll around the wooded area area surrounding it. Also once sitting around here was the large coal shed, superintendents ... More »

The Silo


the towering and mysterious Quincy Silo; purpose unknown Standing only a few dozen feet from the smokestacks was what first appeared to be yet another smokestack. This one concrete, half the height of the previous concrete tower, and much thicker ... More »