Guided Tours & Rates
2014 Tour Season
May 2 to June 1st- Open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 9:30am to 5:00pm
(NOTE: The Gift Shop will be open April 25th, 26th and 27th, with possible tours, weather pending)
June 6th to Ocober 18th-Open daily from 9:30am to 5:00pm
Tours run continuosly throughout the day (approx. every 30 minutes)
We offer several options for touring the Quincy Mine Site: Surface Tour only, Surface Tour with Tram Ride, and Full Tour.
You should allow about an hour and a half to two hours for the full tour.
Off season tours can be arranged for groups of 12 or more and availability is dependent on weatherand availbility of staff. The tour may not include the cogwheel tram and could require walking through deep snow to gain access to the mine entrance. The tour would also require walking in very muddy conditions in the mine for about a mile. Hoist Tour temperatures would be the same as outside at it is an unheated building. To schedule a tour, or if you have any questions, please contact our business office at 906-482-5569. Group tour rates apply.
Extended tours-This tour would last aprroximately three hours and requires extensive walking around the site including the steep tramroad (no vehicles will be used) This tour is available year round but is dependent on weather and availability of staff. This guided tour begin at the #2 Shaft house, include additional above ground sites on the property such as the engine house, hoist tour, then a walk down the tramroad to the mine entrance a muddy walk in the mine. The tour woudlthen hike back up the tramroad and end at the Hoist House. Groups must be a minimum of 10 people and no more than 20. To schedule a tour, or if you have any questions, please contact our business office at 906-482-5569. Rates are $25 per adult, $12.50 per child 6-12.
No. 2 Shaft House
Cog Rail Tram
The Cog Rail Tram car will take you down the steep hill that overlooks the Portage Lake Lift Bridge that joins the cities of Hancock and Houghton. This tramway was built to be able to take you safely down this very steep hill. On the way down the hill, a guide will explain how the car works and why that makes it so safe. The ride is like a slow-motion roller-coaster and the views are spectacular!
Underground in the Quincy Mine
When you get off the cog rail tram your underground guide will drive you through the adit (horizontal mine entrance) nearly one-half mile straight into the side of the hill. The adit is approximately 15 feet high and 15 feet wide. On the way to the No. 5 shaft you will see early mine cars on rails and how they functioned. At the No. 5 shaft you will see the large opening (stope) developed in the late 1850's and into the Civil War, the water filling the lower levels of the mine, demonstrations of manual and pneumatic drilling equipment, and learn of the rigors of work in this immense man-made labyrinth.