Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Quincy Smelter: Rooms in Rooms

A black and white composition of a small machine room within a large room, surrounded by debris.
A room inside a room inside the Quincy Smelter.

On October 3rd, I had an amazing opportunity to go inside the Quincy Smelter and take photos.

The Quincy Smelter is an old copper refining operation on the shores of the Portage, just down the hill from Ripley. It was opened in 1898 by the Quincy Mine, and operated for 70 years until it closed in the late 1960s. Time has not been kind to the smelter, and most of the roofs have caved in from time and weather. The result is that the insides of the buildings are falling apart at an ever increasing rate.

The Quincy Smelter Association, along with the Quincy Mine Hoist Association and the Keweenaw National Historical Park, sponsored tours of the smelter, including special photographic tour. I had an opportunity to see inside almost all of the buildings, photograph them, and take my time enjoying the sights. This is the first of a series of the best photos -- look forward to more in the future!


Jacob Emerick said...

Wow, this sounds pretty awesome. Looking forward to more sights/posts on the Smelter!

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear you enjoyed our photo tour, and thanks for linking to our blog. Looking forward to your other smelter posts!

Craig, Quincy Smelter Association