Quincy Smelter, Hancock

#29 of 51 in Museums in Upper Peninsula
History Museum · Hidden Gem · Specialty Museum
The Quincy Smelter, also known as the Quincy Smelting Works, is a former copper smelter located on the north side of the Keweenaw Waterway in Ripley, Michigan. It is a contributing property of the Quincy Mining Company Historic District, a National Historic Landmark District. The smelter was built in 1898 by the Quincy Mining Company, operating from 1898 to 1931 and again from 1948 to 1971. The smelter was part of a Superfund site from 1986 to 2013.

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  • Although the mines are interesting the smelter is just as important to the history of copper mining. Very interesting to see what the process was and the equipment that was used. Well worth the time.....  more »
  • We went on a noon tour and really enjoyed it. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable, and it was neat walking through the different smelter buildings and learning about the process and the work. It...  more »
  • We visited the Quincy Mine for the first time last year. Our tour guide Eli had suggested if we ever came back to make sure we visit the Smelter. I'm glad we came back and took his advice. First a warning. You'll be touring an industrial sight. It's old, in disrepair (they're working on that, but it's a huge place!), and can be musty. All that aside this tour is a gem. If you're in this area find the time to visit this site. I think our guide was Cindy ( I hope that's right! lol). She told a compelling narrative as we toured this facility. To hear how they smelted the ore and to see the facility was amazing. This place first started functioning in the late 1800's and operated until 1971. What an amazing history. It appears the Smelter association is working on restoring ( as best as can be done in a facility this old and as big as it is) this place, and expanding the tours. Good support this great site and hear about the rich history of the place. You won't be disappointed.
  • Absolutely loved the tour we received. It's only $5 person and the tour you get is worth so much more. Go! You won't regret the decision.

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