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Carnival popular time for Quincy Mine tours

Carnival weekend has become an important time for the Quincy Mine Hoist Association in recent years, says lead guide Thomas Wright.

Last year was right before COVID, right? Before the lockdowns and everything. It was phenomenal. Word got around through Michigan Tech, through a parents’ Facebook page apparently. “Hey, this looks like it’s kinda fun.” We were absolutely swamped.

Wright says COVID-19 will keep that from recurring, but there are two tours happening today and Saturday, at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM. Wright says social distancing will limit capacity to about 15.

For other times between now and Sunday, and until tourism season restarts near Memorial Day, the association asks that you make a reservation beforehand. Wright says people come across the tours in all kinds of ways.

He had gotten turned onto research about the Winona Mine. That’s a series of mines; Winona, the King Phillip, and a few others south of Houghton. He found out about the tours here and he was just tickled pink to find out he could go on a mine tour.

Winter tours provide a unique experience because they are done on foot. That gives participants over two hours to pick the brains of the guides. Wright loves it when people come armed with questions.

It becomes a discussion. Questions and answers, give and take, what ifs? “You mean to say…” That makes it so much more fun for the guides especially. The guests get more than twice the contact time with the guides than they did in the past. That’s an opportunity to ask all kinds of questions.

The association remains open even though its partner, the Keweenaw National Historical Park, is closed to guests due to the pandemic. Contact information for the Quincy Mine tours can be found here.

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