(Above) Bases for buddles at the site of the Calumet Mill, alongside Torch Lake in Lake Linden. Buddles used gravity to separate heavier native copper from waste rock. The waste tailings were disposed in Torch Lake.
(Left) The last steam-driven stamp in the Copper Country at the site of the Ahmeek Mill alongside Torch Lake in Tamarack City, MI. The Ahmeek was the last and most modern of the ore processing mills.
The Quincy Dredge sits abandoned along the shore of Torch Lake. As ore grades declined in the mines, the companies dredged and reprocessed the tailings from earlier mills. Dredging continued for years after the mines were shuttered.
A view of the ruins of the Quincy Smelter in Hancock from Houghton on the opposite side of the Portage Canal.
MHAers explore the southern side of the Quincy Smelter site. The local Quincy Smelter Assn. worked for several years to stabilize the site.
View of the Quincy Smelter from the eastern end. In 2012, the National Park Service and the Keweenaw Historical Park took control of the site to eventually begin preservation.
A locomotive sits on the north side of the Quincy Smelter.
A slag button at the Quincy Smelter.