HANCOCK — The Quincy Smelter facility in Hancock was opened for tours Saturday. The smelter processed the copper ore taken from the Quincy Mine.
Horst Schmidt of Hubbell with the Quincy Smelter Association says the site is the only intact smelter from the early 20th century left in the country.
“I think the expansion of the 1920s is fascinating because it changes over from man power to machine power. It’s just fascinating to find out how they came about to making all of these decisions and how they put everything together,” Schmidt said.
An effort is being made to turn the property over to the Kenweenaw National Historical Park. Repairs were made to parts of the buildings last year to protect them further decay.
For more information on tours of the Quincy Smelter, go to quincysmelterassociation.blogspot.com.