*CHILDREN 5 AND UNDER ARE FREE WITH PAID ADULT: however the guided tour may not be suitable for very young children. Little ones are certainly welcome, but a parent with a loud or disruptive child or one that cannot keep a face covering on for the tour, may be asked to leave the immediate tour area. We are happy to refund the cost of the tour to any parent that needs to step out to care for a young child.
Supervised pets are welcome on the grounds, but only trained Service Animals are allowed on the guided tours.
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DUE TO ICE BUILD-UP AND UNSAFE CONDITIONS IN THE ADIT, WE ARE TEMPORARILY SUSPENDING TOURS UNTIL CONDITIONS IMPROVE. If you are interested in doing a tour at Quincy, please check back for current conditions. Each personalized walking tour will last for approximately two and a half hours, allowing for more time in the underground mine. The cogwheel tram will not be in service this season, visitors will drive their own vehicle to arrive at the entrance of the mine. Themine is only 43°, so be sure to bring a jacket, and your face covering (legal requirement) to keep everyone safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. We also recommend long pants! Please be aware that the walking surface is a gravel road and sometimes muddy, so please wear appropriate footwear. Sandals, flip-flops or other open-toed footwear may be hazardous to wear (and are certainly not recommended for winter wear!)
Tours can generally be arranged with short notice, but availability is dependent on weather and staff availability. The tour may require a short walk along a snowy path to gain access to the mine entrance. The tour would also require walking in possibly muddy conditions in the mine for about a mile. Hoist tour temperatures would be the same as outside as it is an unheated building. For more information or to book a tour, please call us at 906-482-5569 or 906-370-3525 and someone will be happy to answer all your questions!
No. 2 Shaft House
The No. 2 Shaft (and Rock) House was completed in 1908 and was used until 1931. This part of our tour is self-guided. A video runs continuously in this towering structure and explains the role the shaft and rock house played in mining operations. You will see historical film footage of men riding to work in the man cars. You will see man cars and other equipment that was used when the mine was operating. Man, rock and de-watering cars remain in situ on the shafthouse rails.
Cog Rail Tram
The Cog Rail Tram car will not be in service this season.
Underground in the Quincy Mine
When you get off the cog rail tram your underground guide will walk 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.
The Museum is located in the 1894 No. 2 Hoist Building. The Museum exhibits include mining artifacts, interpretive panels of the Quincy Mining Company, and an operatonal model railroad of the Quincy Mining Company Mining site and Stamp Mill.
Nordberg Steam Hoist
One of our tour guides will take you through the large 1918 hoist building that adjoins the Museum (the 1894 hoist building). Here you will see the Nordberg Steam Hoist, the world's largest steam-powered hoist engine. Completed in 1920, this hoist made it possible for the Quincy Mining Company to extend its No. 2 Shaft 92 levels underground, an inclined distance of nearly two miles. Besides being the world's largest steam-powered hoist, this Nordberg Hoist had some unusual design features which your guide will show you. The building itself is also interesting. It was one of the first very large reinforced concrete buildings ever built. Nearly five stories high, it has no interior supporting columns.