Copper mining began on this site as early as 1873.
On September 7, 1895, a fire broke out on the 27th level of Shaft 3 and was intensified by the timbers used to support the mine. At the time, over 200 people were underground. Of those, 30 people were killed, including 4 boys. All of them appeared to have died of smoke inhalation, and all bodies were eventually recovered.
The Quincy Mining Company was formed in 1846 as the result of a clerical error. During the great mining rush of the area, the same piece of land was inadvertently sold to two different parties. After discussions between the directors of the two interests, it was decided they should merge their interests and proceed.
I first saw this location late last year, but I was in search of a head-frame as listed in the AMIS database. Instead, at the coordinates listed, I found only a clearing made by the lumber company working this area. I went back this spring to have a closer look around and started with the old mill.
I decided that, rickety as it looked, I should climb the remains of the mill to get a closer look at what might remain inside. It was a slow, careful climb, but definitely worthwhile.
My best information to date indicates that exploration began here in 1927. During the winter of 1929-30, equipment was being brought in by horse and sleigh. By 1933, a mine and several support buildings had been constructed to produce primarily zinc, but initial production was very low due to the market situation.