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Quincy Mine, Hancock

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 United States 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.
The 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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  • Here you can learn how dangerous and exhausting mining has been in recent decades. Interestingly for everyone. From technology to families with children.
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  • From beginning to end this tour was engaging and very organized. Great information provided by staff historical interpreters.  more »
  • It was really neat to ride the trolley down the hill and once you enter the mine you can feel the cold air. It was really cool to see the rock and all the places in the mine. It was really crazy to see the hole of water and then to know how deep you are and how much water flooded the mine.
  • My Fiance and I had a blast on the tour! They give you coats and hard hats and take you down into the mine on a train. Our guide was amazing! He knew so much and really made it fun learning about the history there. I would strongly recommend this to anyone who is in the area. It's worth the time and money. I promise!

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