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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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…