Quincy Mine Steam Hoist - Historic Dist.

The Quincy Mining Company, which began exploration in the late 1840s, centered its operations along the Pewabic lode. When Quincy ceased underground mining in 1931, its shafts reached 5,000 feet below sea level, making it the deepest mine in the U.S. Quincy invested heavily in engineering improvements, including modern shaft houses, hoisting machinery, and rock-breaking machinery. The Nordberg steam hoist, installed at the No. 2 shaft in 1920, is believed to be the largest of its kind in the world. Weighing more than 880 tons, it lifted 10 tons of ore at 36.4 miles per hour, thus saving $16,080 in fuel bills in its first year of operation.

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Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

Fun Fact:One of the few places where copper exists in its pure metallic form is the Keweenaw Peninsula, the northernmost tip of Michigan. Ruins of Indian diggings led settlers to explore the rich vein in the 1840s. Soon, mining engineers were coming from Cornwall, England, which, not long after, was eclipsed by Michigan as the world's top copper producer.
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