Current Projects

Preserving the 1898 Quincy Smelting Works

Why Is It Important?
The 1898 Quincy Smelting Works is the best remaining example of a turn of the 20th century copper smelter site in the United States, if not the world. The smelter complex is within the boundary of the Quincy Mining Company National Historic Landmark district and the Quincy Unit of the Keweenaw National Historical Park.

What Condition Is It In?
The smelter closed in 1971. The buildings and equipment have deteriorated since that time due to vandalism, theft, lack of maintenance, and an especially harsh winter climate; one of the site’s two smokestacks was demolished in June of 2008 due to structural damage that appeared during the previous winter, and two structures were lost to fire in 2010. In addition, encroaching commercial and recreational development also threatens the integrity of the site. Time is running out to save this iconic complex.

Why Should We Act Now?
Today, the smelter site is especially poised for re-use due to the recent completion of structural stabilization work by the National Park Service and remediation work performed by the US Environmental Protection Agency. We want this positive momentum to continue.

What Is The Fundraising Goal?
Copper Country Preservation, Inc. and the Keweenaw National Historical Park Advisory Commission have entered into an option to purchase agreement with Franklin Township. We have until September 20, 2015 to raise the $335,000 required to purchase the site. If we can purchase the site and transfer it to the National Park Service, the site could eventually see further investment as a part of Keweenaw National Historical Park and the home to Isle Royale National Park's administrative offices and docking facilities.

How Can I Help?
Please join us in saving this important part of our industrial past. Make a tax-deductible donation to ensure the preservation of the site for future generations.

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Quincy Unit
Ruins of the Quincy Smelter are located on Portage Lake
across from the Houghton waterfront.
NPS photo, Dan Johnson