Quincy Mill

Where Freighters Roamed

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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 ...

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The Coal Silo

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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 ...

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Pieces Scattered About

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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 ...

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The Little Red Foundation

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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 ...

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Mill No. 2

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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. ...

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Water Tower

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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 ...

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The Power Plant (p3)

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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 ...

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The Power Plant (p2)

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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 ...

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The Power Plant (p1)

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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 ...

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The Mill’s Wooden Half

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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 ...

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The Second Floor

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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 ...

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Floors and Ceilings

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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 ...

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The Wooden Box

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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 ...

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The Addition

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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 ...

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Stuff

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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 ...

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The Silo

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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 ...

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Boiler Stacks

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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 ...

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Pump House (no2)

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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 ...

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Coal Dock

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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 ...

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A Small Dam

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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 ...

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The Canyon (p2)

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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 ...

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The Canyon (p1)

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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 ...

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Quincy’s Creek

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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 ...

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