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Quincy Mine, Hancock

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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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  • Our tour of Quincy mine yesterday resulted in a memory that will last a lifetime. It is unbelievable what type of sacrifices the copper miners of this area made for their families. The strength & grit...  more »
  • A neat well organized tour of the Quincy Mine. While an authentic shaft ride does not exist (one enters through a side adit instead), you still get to the stope. A nice explanation of the mining proce...  more »
  • This museum gives an extensive explanation of copper mining on the Keewanah. From the above ground buildings to the underground portion all facets of mining are well presented.  more »
  • Coolest tour you can take. Deep into copper mine, Jake our tour guide was very knowledgeable.
  • Was given an underground tour my first year at MTU. It was just me and my Aunt. Our guide seemed enthusiastic about the mine's rich history and the tour was excellent. If you want to experience true darkness have them turn off the lights.
  • Great historical place. I'd say it's a must visit. The only thing is that the mine tour didn't seem like much but with their insurance they really couldn't take you any farther.
  • Great guided tours of the mine and the hoist.
  • LOVED IT! Great tour guides. Personal interactions were great with every single person we met! Guides were knowledge and seemed passionate about mining! Mine was well maintained. Be sure to wear layers because the mine is definitely cool. 43 degrees to be exact. I recommend this to families on vacation looking for a intersting stop.