Quincy Mine

One of the most celebrated and successful mines along the Keweenaw was “old reliable” atop Quincy hill. For almost a century and a half the mine produced 1.5 billion pounds of copper and paid its shareholders over 30 million dollars in dividends. But the mine’s reputation today ignores its very precarious and troubled beginnings. While the mine was established in 1846 – one of the Keweenaw’s earliest – it wouldn’t make a profit or pay a single dividend until almost 20 years later. Its early troubles stemmed from the lode Quincy first worked – the stubborn Quincy Lode. Although initially promising, the lode proved to be nothing but and mired the company in failure for decades. It wasn’t until the highly rich Pewabic lode was discovered nearby (around 1857) that the mine began to show promise. The rest is history.

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A Quincy Dry (p2)

Attached to the south end of the dry house was a second much larger building. If it wasn’t in ruin…
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No. 4 Boiler House (and Man-shaft)

Before the acquisition of the Pewabic Mine (which became North Quincy), the Quincy Mine consisted of a total of nine…
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Quincy No. 4

For most of Quincy’s early history the vast majority of its production came out of only two shafts – the…
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The Quincy Shafts

For most mines along the Keweenaw shaft numbering was simple. The first shaft you sunk was the No. 1. Every…
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Of Rock and Sandstone…

Out of the four main components of any mine (rock-house, shaft-house, hoist house, boiler house) the boiler house has by…
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Along the Old Pewabic (p1)

If it wasn’t for the discovery of the Pewabic Lode by Quincy’s northern neighbor, “old reliable” may have never survived…
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Along the Old Pewabic (p2)

When Quincy acquired the Pewabic Mine it inherited an obsolete and dilapidated surface plant consisting of an old shaft/rock house,…
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A Modern Mesnard

After Quincy bought up the defunct Mesnard Mine in 1896 it re-opened one of its original shafts, which became Quincy…
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Mesnard Compressor House

After yesterday’s first post on our Mesnard exploration, readers pointed out the existence of a large group of ruins sitting…
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To All the Hoists I’ve Known Before

Me and hoist foundations go way back. I can still remember my first – it was a rather small red-brick…
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A Fallen Stack

With the hoist and compressor foundations thoroughly investigated, we turned our attention to find the source of their energy –…
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The Quincy Pump House

This rather handsome small sandstone building along Hancock’s waterfront appears at first glance to be an old garage, one recently…
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A Quincy Enigma

Found in the shadow of the great Quincy No.2 shaft/rock house was this interesting wooden artifact partially obscured by a…
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Lost and Forgotten

They stand silent and empty, sprinkled across a windswept field like discarded weapons from a war fought and lost long ago.  Yet…
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Anatomy of a Boiler House (p1)

In the twilight years of the Victorian Age the great industrial revolution had given birth to some of the largest and…
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Anatomy of a Boiler House (p2)

When we last left out unsung hero of the steam age we had finished exploring one of the building’s four…
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The Life and Times of Quincy No.2

She came into this world in 1856, offspring to a struggling mine trying desperately to make ends meet. She was…
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The Quincy Method (p1)

In its infancy, copper mining in the Keweenaw was an especially labor intensive enterprise. In its most simplest form, mining was nothing more…
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The Quincy Method (p2)

The Quincy Mine’s first foray into placing a rockhouse into its shafthouse was at the old Pewabic No.6, a shaft…
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The Quincy Method (p3)

Mining at its most basic level is nothing more than an exercise in transporting rock from one point to another. This…
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The Quincy Method (p4)

As we’ve explored the soaring frame of the Quincy No.2 Shaft / Rockhouse we’ve largely concentrated our efforts on the rock…
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The Quincy Dry House

CCE takes another look at the remains of the Quincy Mine's old dry house - now in HD.
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The House of Three Faces

The Pewabic Mine’s legacy is forever memorialized by the great copper bearing lode that shares its name. Unfortunately the young…