Friday, June 4, 2010

Quincy Mine -- Post 2

Continuing the blog version of the Quincy Mine tour, below are a couple of more photos taken from inside the Shaft #2 building. The first is one of the explosives car. Mining could not have taken place without dynamite. The second photo is a side dumping car that made it easier to transfer the chunks of rock that contained two percent copper.

Once you leave the Shaft #2 building, you walk toward the hoist building. Here is a shot of a building that was next to the shaft #2 building as well as some of the equipment scattered outside.

Finally, you enter the building attached to the hoist building. When the new steam hoist was built, the Quincy Mine staff decided to construct a building that they could be proud of. The building's exterior was made of Jacobsville sandstone. Special window glass was used, the interior was lined with Italian tile, and the original roof was made of Spanish tiles.

In the building attached to the hoist building there are two rooms with numerous interpretive displays and models. Three of the models are pictured below.

Included with the displays are stories about two large chunks of pure copper that were found and recovered from the Great Sand Bay, which is located off the west side of the Keweenaw Peninsula. One chunk was six feet long and the other 19 feet long. The largest is on display.

No comments:

Post a Comment