Quincy Smelting Works Receives Historical Landmark Award.
Quincy smelting works was selected for a 2016 Historical Landmark Award from ASM International the world's largest association of metals-centric materials engineers and scientists.
The citation reads “The Quincy Smelting Works is uniquely capable of interpreting the final stage of copper production for one of the few native copper ore mining regions on earth.”
The nomination letter was submitted by faculty from Michigan Tech Departments of Social Sciences and Materials Science and Engineering.
The nomination letter reads "The Quincy Smelting Works is the most complete early 20th century copper smelting facility left in the United States. The 22 remaining structures are all contributing resources within the Quincy Mining Company Historic District Historic Landmark, and the complex is within the boundaries of the Keweenaw National Historical Park. "
The Historical Landmark Award was established in 1969 to permanently identify the many sites and events that have played a prominent part in the discovery development and growth of metals and metalworking in 1987, this award broadened to include all engineered materials.
According to a June Daily Mining Gazette article, there have been extensive cleanup and restoration efforts at the site since 2009. Franklin Township took over ownership of the site from the Quincy Development Corporation in 1999 and in 2012 came to an ownership agreement with the Keweenaw National Historical Park Advisory Commission.
According to the article, the intention is to eventually turn the site over to the National Park Service to operate.