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Quincy Copper: 1906

Quincy Copper: 1906

1906. "Shaft No. 2, Quincy copper mine, Hancock, Michigan." Whatever is going on in there, we're glad we don't have to wash the windows. View full size.

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Seven truncated A-frames

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Predecessor to the World's Largest

This is the pre 1921 shaft house. As the mine became deeper and it became harder for the shaft house and accompanying hoist to lift the ore, a new, higher capacity hoist and shaft house were built. The new hoist was the largest steam hoist in the world (still is) and both the hoist and shaft house are still there and open in the summer for tours.

The old hoist house to the right of the main building is still there next to the new hoist house. The shaft house shown is gone, I believe the new one was built in the same location.

Building this

Amazing structure would have been a framers dream in that time... I have built 100's of really nice 2-3 story homes for customers, but nothing compares to this. I understand it was not a "home" technically, but it certainly felt like it to many a person i'm sure. I wish now, nearly 100 years later someone handed me the plans and said " Lets build This". It would still be a sight to behold, as I'm sure it was then.

Here's the story. . .

On the left, two thirsty horses, on the right, a well, in the middle and on the way, two pails of water.

At one time the deepest mine shaft in the world.

When the mine closed in 1945 it was the deepest shaft in the world at 9260 feet. While the building in the photo is no longer standing you can get a tour of Shaft No. 2.

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