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    Keweenaw

    National Historical Park Michigan

Quincy Mine & Hoist

The morning sun warms the east side of the Quincy Mine's massive Hoist House for the Nordberg Steam Hoist.
A morning sun warms the east side of the massive hoist house for the Nordberg Steam Hoist at Quincy Mine.
NPS Photo, Dan Johnson.
 
A guide describes the different functions of workers in the copper mines.

A guide at the Quincy Mine explains the functions of different workers in the underground.

The former Quincy No. 2 mine shaft with accompanying hoist house is now owned and operated by the Quincy Mine Hoist Association, a Keweenaw Heritage Site. This site interprets the story of the Quincy Mining Company, one of the commercially successful mines in the region. When you visit the Quincy Mine, you can see the world's largest steam hoist, explore the mine's surface area and ruins and ride a cog-wheel tram to a mine adit or side entrance. From there you are taken into the underground for a firsthand view of the mine, the hard work required to mine copper, and the conditions miners faced.

Did You Know?

Autumn leaves provide a backdrop for the Quincy Smelting Works located along Portage Lake across from Houghton, Michigan.

The Quincy Smelting Works is the only copper smelter in the Great Lakes region still standing in substantial condition. It reflects the technology of the time, the industrial processes critical to the industry and the workplace of the people who produced copper for industrial and domestic uses. More...