The Houghton Blitz: Lighting the Quincy Mine

2014-houghton-blitz-2978, photo by Christopher Schmidt “Our children were born here and now we have five grandchildren to celebrate also. We have proud geological roots here. We think the shaft should be bright on our birthdays, and this would be a good way to support geoheritage and the QMHA. We hope other local families will consider … Continue reading The Houghton Blitz: Lighting the Quincy Mine

Old Reliable: Quincy Mine on the Keweenaw Peninsula

24/365 – Quincy Boiler and Shaft, photo by dcclark. You can buy mine related stuff and get tour information from the Quincy Mine Hoist Association. You can’t, however, get historical information. Thankfully, David has posted a bunch. He has some information on his Copper Country Explorer web site (update: actually run by his friend Mike!). … Continue reading Old Reliable: Quincy Mine on the Keweenaw Peninsula

Quincy Dredge No. 2 is actually C&H Dredge No. 1

signature, photo by Marty Hogan The Copper Country Explorer has an excellent feature on The Mining of Torch Lake begins: Early stamp methodology was a very simple and archaic one – nothing more than a simple process of smashing rock down into small pieces and sorting out the copper. Everything that remained would then be dumped … Continue reading Quincy Dredge No. 2 is actually C&H Dredge No. 1

The Quincy Copper Smelter

Abandoned Quincy Copper Smelter Pano, photo by Whitney Lake The Quincy Smelter Association says: The Quincy Smelter is the only remaining copper smelter in the Lake Superior Region. Built by the Quincy Mining Company, the smelter used heat and chemical processes to turn copper ore into ingots. The ingots were then sold and shipped to … Continue reading The Quincy Copper Smelter

The Quincy Dredges

164/365 – Dredge, photo by dcclark (catching up again!). Brenden Balliod’s Great Lakes Shipwreck Research (a fantastic resource for divers & historians) has this to say about the Quincy Dredges #1 & #2: For almost 100 years, the copper mines of the Keweenaw extracted copper from mined rock with the use of stamp mills. The … Continue reading The Quincy Dredges

When Day and Night Collide

When Day and Night Collide, photo by Eric Hackney We got some great Northern Lights last weekend, and so far summer 2015 has been great for the Aurora Borealis. Eric took this stunning photo at twilight Saturday on Great Sand Bay. View it bigger and see more in his 7-11-15: Northern Lights III slideshow. The Michigan Tech … Continue reading When Day and Night Collide

Fall Color Tours: The Keweenaw Peninsula (Houghton, Eagle River, Copper Harbor)

Quincy Hill in Fall Colors 5, photo by KaylynStar Kaylyn has a number of colorful photos of Quincy Hill in the fall. As the northernmost point of Michigan, the Keweenaw Peninsula would probably have been the logical place to start color touring Michigan rather than where we did start (Western UP – Ironwood, Silver City, … Continue reading Fall Color Tours: The Keweenaw Peninsula (Houghton, Eagle River, Copper Harbor)

Houghton Portage Lake Lift Bridge & Swing Bridge

Portage Lake Lift Bridge, photo by Robert Michaud One of the requests I recently received was for more yesterday and today features The City of Hancock has a truly excellent series of in-depth pictorials. You should really check them out! Their feature on the Portage Lake bridges says (in part): In 1897, the Mineral Range Railroad Company … Continue reading Houghton Portage Lake Lift Bridge & Swing Bridge