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Quincy Copper Mine And Museum Tour

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By elkper on
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The Quincy Copper Mine Museum and Tour is located just north of Hancock, Michigan on US 41. It is only open during the warmer months and you need to plan on dressing warm if you take the mine tour as well as visit the museum. To go down in the mine, they give you a warm coat and a hard hat that you must wear inside the mine. You then ride a tram part way down the hill and they take you into the mine several levels under ground. While you are in the mine they show you some areas where there are small pieces of copper left in the stone and show you how the miners worked by drilling holes and then putting the explosives in them to blast the stone away. Once you are far enough in the mine, they shut off the lights so you can understand just how dark it was for the miners when there was a cave in, it also lets you understand how dangerous it was and how easy it would have been for the miners to fall to their deaths. Once you are back on top of the hill you can go through the museum. This shows how the miners lived, how little they were paid, and some of the countries they came from. This mine also has the largest steam hoist in the world that you get to stand next to and understand how it works. There is a gift show that is also located on the property that allows you to buy products from the area as well as educational material about copper mining. It's an excellent museum and tour and worth several hours of your time.