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), we’re running a spring sale ... More »
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...
Sitting on the shores of Torch Lake, just north of the town of Mason, sits the expansive facilities of the Quincy Stamp Mill. It operated for over 60 years, and was one of the last mine facilities clo...
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 s...
In order to further improve the milling process along the Copper Country mine companies began to turn to newly developed chemical processes for use in their mills. While the purity of Copper Country C...
While doing some spring cleaning around here I stumbled across a collection of drawings I did of the Quincy Stamp Mill Turbine Building. This building was built in 1921, to supply electric power to the Quincy Mills. Housed inside was ... More »
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 »
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 »
There were a total of three major obstacles in the Copper Range’s way as it attempted to drive its line through the Quincy property. The first was the crossing of the Q&TL mainline to Mill #1, which it had done ... More »
When the Copper Range Railroad decided to make a branch line to Calumet, it no doubt ran into an avalanche of obstacles along the way. By the time it started constructing its line around 1902, there were already a great ... More »
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 »
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 »
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 »
part of the old trestle once used to deliver copper rock to the mill The copper rock stored in the large holding bins here at the back of the Quincy Mill was delivered by train, courtesy the Quincy and Torch ... More »
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 step stair fashion. ... More »
In order to further improve the milling process along the Copper Country mine companies began to turn to newly developed chemical processes for use in their mills. While the purity of Copper Country Copper did not necessarily require such measures ... More »
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 »
For most of the Copper Country’s history the milling process has been very inefficient. For every ton of copper recovered, dozens of pounds more slipped past and found its way to the waste launders. At the Quincy mills the process ... More »
EDIT: According to several readers with more knowledge on the subject then I, the machine remains pictured in the following post is not a frue vanner after all. Instead it seems that it most likely was a classifier used to ... More »
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 »
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 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 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 »
the boiler house stack at Quincy Mill Until the completion of the on-site turbine generator in 1923, steam was the principal means of power at the Quincy mills. This meant that there was need for boiler houses on site, one ... More »
an old water tunnel built to feed the mills pumps Stamp Mills required millions of gallons of water – every day – in order to operate. This enormous thirst necessitated a nearby water source and the construction of large steam-powered ... More »
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 lake is over 100 feet deep and home ... More »
foundation to a small dam on Quincy creek Moving forwards from the canyon, we made our way up the step stair pools of water until we found ourselves standing under a concrete wall extending across the stream. It had stood ... More »
Its hard for a camera to capture the scope of the Quincy Creek canyon. Standing there in the stream bed, with the rising walls all around you, is much more awe inspiring then photos can capture. In an attempt to ... More »