Last Friday the New York Times had a nice feature on the Quincy Mine and Copper Country (aka the Keweenaw Peninsula) that begins…
Four hundred feet underground, in a musty, dripping passage into the Quincy Mine, Ed Yarbrough pointed to a dark opening in the wall. â€œHere’s an old explosives bin,â€ he said, tracing a flashlight beam along the rock, “hence the no-smoking sign.”
We were in the belly of a copper mine, a quarter-mile down a tunnel, light leaking faintly from bulbs strung overhead. Water dripped off the ceiling. Cold air seeped from an abysmal black beyond. Then Mr. Yarbrough, our guide, turned off the lights.
The author gives you a great overview of visiting an area of Michigan that is significant as much for its historical industry as for its natural beauty. He quotes former Keweenaw National Historical Park superintendent Frank Fiala as saying, “We’re not your typical national park. This isn’t Yellowstone.”
Read Industrial Echoes in Michigan’s Copper Country in the New York Times and also check out the Quincy Mine Hoist Association web site, the Keweenaw National Historical Park and (for many more links) Absolute Michigan keyword Keweenaw.