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Quincy Mine Tours, Hancock

Categories: Historic Sites, Mines, Tourist Spots
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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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  • Took a lot of time exploring the buildings and reading information while we waited for our tour. This was a great experience even without the tour. But the tour was an excellent finish. Guide was plea...  read more »
  • Very nice tour of the mine and the guide was informative. Interesting part of history. If you are in Hancock Houghton area this is a must see! 
  • I was visiting with friends who grew up on the Keweenaw Peninsula, and one of them (only one of them had been on it before) recommended doing the mine tour. The first part of the tour (after selecting...  read more »
  • 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.
  • This is a great attraction in the UP, and the tour into the mine is fascinating. The guide really did into the history, detailing the grim lives of the miners. You get to dress like a miner and go deep into the mine. Since may have concerns about the space being too small and claustrophobic, but it is really pretty spacious inside. Definitely go if you are in the area. The gift shop is also very good.
  • My whole family loved the Quincy Mine Tour. You ride a tram car down a steep hill (great view of the city!) and go into a mine, where it's cold and dark. Take the full tour and see the Nordberg Steam Hoist, as well. It's really an amazing thing to behold. Our guides were very friendly and knowledgeable, and the rates for the tour are very reasonable.
  • If you take the tour, you get to go down into the mine from the a side entrance in the hill. A lot of the levels of the mine are underwater now, but it gives you some perspective, and the mine hoist is am impressive piece of machinery.
  • Very interesting place, great mine tour, and knowledgeable guide. Highly recommend.
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