Quincy Mine and Smelter open for tours

HANCOCK — Two of the Keweenaw’s most beloved cultural and historical attractions are set to reopen. On Monday, June 15th, the historic Quincy Mine officially began offering tours. And on Tuesday, June 16th, the Quincy Smelter will do the same.  Both the Mine and the Smelter are located just north of Houghton, MI in Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula.  The popular visitor attractions help share the story of the Keweenaw’s turbulent copper mining legacy which dates back to the 1800s.

According to Glenda Bierman, manager of the Quincy Mine Hoist Association, the tour format at Quincy will be quite a bit different this year as staff respond to required coronavirus safety procedures and recommended best practices. The biggest change is that touring groups will have fewer participants per group to ensure safe social distancing. The cogwheel tram is not in operation this year, so visitors will drive themselves to an alternate entrance to get to the East Adit entrance.

While some may see the new safety procedures as burdensome, staff feel that it may help improve the visitor experience. The walking tour will be an opportunity for an up-close and personal look at the Keweenaw’s unique geology, and participants will have even more time with the attractions’ knowledgeable guides.

Mine tours must be booked in advance, and reservations can be made by calling (906) 482-5569. Smelter tours are available Monday through Saturday at 11:00, Noon, 1:00 and 2:00.  (No reservations are needed at the Smelter.)

For more information, visit QuincyMine.com.