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.”

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Quincy’s Creek

Sitting on the shores of Torch Lake, just north of the town of Mason, sits the expansive facilities of the…
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The Canyon (p1)

the little stream that could, finding its way through the boulders Leaping from moss covered rock to moss covered rock;…
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The Canyon (p2)

Its hard for a camera to capture the scope of the Quincy Creek canyon. Standing there in the stream bed,…
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A Small Dam

foundation to a small dam on Quincy creek Moving forwards from the canyon, we made our way up the step…
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Coal Dock

the remains of the Quincy Mill’s coal dock Torch Lake sits at the southern end of the Traprock Valley, butted…
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Pump House (no2)

an old water tunnel built to feed the mills pumps Stamp Mills required millions of gallons of water – every…
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Boiler Stacks

the boiler house stack at Quincy Mill Until the completion of the on-site turbine generator in 1923, steam was the…
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The Silo

the towering and mysterious Quincy Silo; purpose unknown Standing only a few dozen feet from the smokestacks was what first…
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Stuff

more piling from the no2 dock at Quincy Mills After leaving the remains of the old boiler/pump house, we took…
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The Addition

the Quincy Mill addition, image courtesy HAER, American Memory Collection, Library of Congress The scope of the Quincy Mine operation…
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The Wooden Box

a mystery box sitting among the Quincy Mill Ruins We find a lot of stuff that baffles us here at…
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Floors and Ceilings

looking up the old skylight of the Quincy Mill – almost a century since the glass was first installed Taking…
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Mill Machines: The Frue Vanner

EDIT: According to several readers with more knowledge on the subject then I, the machine remains pictured in the following…
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Mill Machines: The Wilfley Table

For most of the Copper Country’s history the milling process has been very inefficient. For every ton of copper recovered,…
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The Second Floor

Before leaving the second floor of the stamp mill we take a few more wide looks at what remains. At…
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Mill Machines: Dorr Thickener

In order to further improve the milling process along the Copper Country mine companies began to turn to newly developed…
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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…
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Cuts, Fills, Trestles and Rails

part of the old trestle once used to deliver copper rock to the mill The copper rock stored in the…
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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…
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The Power Plant (p2)

Making our way inside the towering structure of the turbine building we find ourselves in what must have been the…
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The Power Plant (p3)

Making my way up to the top floor of the Turbine Building I found myself inside a concrete cathedral rising…
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Railroad Crossings (p1)

When the Copper Range Railroad decided to make a branch line to Calumet, it no doubt ran into an avalanche…
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Railroad Crossings (p2)

There were a total of three major obstacles in the Copper Range’s way as it attempted to drive its line…
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Water Tower

Fire is always a concern at a mine, both underground and on the surface. Before 1900 most infrastructure built for…
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Mill No. 2

It wasn’t long after the new stamp mill at Torch Lake was constructed what Quincy underwent a dramatic increase in…