A view inside an addition of Mill No 1.
The original Quincy Mining Company stamp mill, which separated copper ore from surrounding rock by crushing it, was built in 1860. Due to regulations set in place by the federal government on dumping in Portage Lake, the mining company looking for an alternative location 6 miles down M-26 on Torch Lake. In 1888, the new stamp mill began construction as well as the railway connecting the mine and stamp mill. The facility was completed in 1890.
Plans for a second mill started in 1894 as mine production surpassed the capacity of the mill. The second mill, located just north of the first, was completed in 1900. The rise in the copper price during World War I helped to fund this expansion but after the end of the war the output began to decline. The second mill was closed in 1922 and labor saving equipment was installed in mill no. 1 in 1929 and 1930. The great depression hurt the mining industry significantly and the Quincy Mine closed in 1931 forcing the stamp mills to follow.
After the Depression passed, the mines and mills were refurbished in 1937 and opened briefly in 1938 while profitable until closing permanently.
Turn right after crossing the Houghton Lift Bridge on M-26 and follow for 6 miles towards Lake Linden, MI. The structure will be on the left with a dirt lot for parking.
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