*CHILDREN 6 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 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.
|Full Tour||above-ground only|
|YOUTH (UNDER 18)||$20.00||$10.00|
|student (w/ current student ID)||$20.00||$10.00|
THE QUINCY EXPERIENCE
Experience Quincy like never before! Each tour takes approximately two and a quarter hours, allowing for plenty of time for questions and discussion. The underground portion of the tour takes more than an hour, and the temperature in the mine is a refreshing 43°, so be sure to bring a jacket and perhaps some long pants. The walk in is approximately 2000 feet, takes 12-15 minutes, and is at leisurely pace with stops to learn about the history of the adit as well as an introduction to local geology. Please be aware that it is a wet walking surface, so please wear appropriate footwear. Sandals, flip-flops or other open-toed footwear may be hazardous to wear (and are certainly not recommended during winter tours!). This is an extensive tour; we don't mind if guests bring backpacks with snacks and drinks (especially comfort food for our younger guests!). Transportation for the underground tour is available for anyone with mobility issues. Quincy is a fully handicapped accessible site: please call if there are questions or concerns about your upcoming visit to the Quincy Mine--we're here to help!
Our regular season ends on October 31st, but the Quincy Experience is now available year-round with winter tours! Tours are on an on-demand basis by reservation and subject to guide availability and possibly weather conditions, but can arranged with fairly short notice. We do ask for a minimum of two people per tour. This walking tour will be an in-depth session on geology, history, technology and engineering—or any topic in which you may have a special interest! In the midst of these difficult times, we hope to transport you to an earlier era, to immerse you in the labor and industry of days past, to the role of the Copper Country in our nation’s growth. For more information or to book a tour, please call us at 906-482-3101 or 906-482-5569 and someone will be happy to answer all your questions!
No. 2 Shaft House
The towering No. 2 Shaft/Rock House was completed in 1908 and used until 1931. This part of our tour is self-guided. A video explains the role of the shaft house in mining operations, as well as showing historical footage of men riding to work in the man cars. The shaft house contains several pieces of equipment (bailing skip, man car, and rock skip) whose functions are described in detail on the guided tours.
Cog Rail Tram
The cog wheel tram is back in service!
Underground in the Quincy Mine
Your underground explorations begin with a nearly one-half mile walk through the historic East Adit (1895). 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 1850s 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.