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Quincy Mine, Hancock

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#3 of 18 in Historic Sites in Upper Peninsula
The Quincy Mine is an extensive set of copper mines located near Hancock, Michigan. The mine was owned by the Quincy Mining Company and operated between 1846 and 1945, although some activities continued through the 1970s. The Quincy Mine was known as "Old Reliable," as the Quincy Mine Company paid a dividend to investors every year from 1868 through 1920. The Quincy Mining Company Historic District is a U.S. National Historic Landmark District; other Quincy Mine properties nearby, including the Quincy Mining Company Stamp Mills, the Quincy Dredge Number Two, and the Quincy Smelter are also historically significant.Lifespan: 1846-1945The Quincy Mine was founded in 1846 by the merger of the Northwest Mining Company and the Portage Mining Company. Due to poor communication between government offices, these two speculative mining companies had purchased the same tracts of land during the mining rush of the early 1840s. The directors met and decided to merge, with significant investment coming from Massachusetts (the town of Quincy, Massachusetts lent the mine its name). While many other copper mines were founded at the same time, the Quincy Mine became the most successful of the 1840s-era mines, and was the country's leading copper-producing mine from 1863 (when it exceeded the production of the Minesota Mine) through 1867 (after which it was exceeded by the Calumet and Hecla).
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  • We are glad we stopped here and took the time to take the tour even though there was a wait until we could get into the next tour. Everything is very organized except for the part when you first buy y...  more »
  • This is a great tour, better than I expected. The history and engineering in this mine is fascinating. I would recommend this mine and the full tour. My husband did not want to go, but he enjoyed it.  more »
  • The tour was really pretty cool. Even our 8 year old son enjoyed it. He actually wanted to explore further into the mine. The guides were very knowledgeable and our guide into the mine Eli had a wonde...  more »
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  • Very professionally run operation. Great restoration/preservation of an historical site. The full tour includes a cog train ride down Quincy Hill, an underground tram ride and an in-depth explanation of the mining process with a sociological interpretation.
  • Very important and fascinating local history. The tour was informative. It was like stepping back in time.
  • This simply is one of the best places to visit in the Copper Country to learn about the regions history. I have visited 3 times in the past decade and every time they have restored or added something new. The cog train ride down has a fantastic view of Houghton. The underground tour now uses and electric tram which provides a really great fume-less and smooth ride into the mine. Both tour guides were recent graduates of MTU and were extremely enthusiastic and knowledgeable about mining and the history of the mine. Someday within the future the mine will also feature a railroad museum located at the old roundhouse which has been lovingly restored to the way it looked when the mine originally closed down. They are also working on adding a mineral museum on the Quincy property and the gift shop at the site has a ton of great books if you want to further learn about the history of the area.
  • Underground mine tour was really interesting, as was the tour of the shaft house and explanation of how the machinery worked. Be ready for it to be COLD inside the mine, regardless of the weather at the surface. History, geology or engineering buffs will like this tour. Only complaint is that I thought $25 per adult was a little steep.
  • Wonderful place. Knowledgeable guides. Full tour is worth it.

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