LARGEST MINE HOIST


| May/June 1966



1832 Fairmount Ave., St. Paul, Minnesota

An interesting article appeared in the March 27 issue of Skillings' Mining Review, which is published weekly at 210 Sellwood Building, Duluth, Minn. 55802. This article and large picture told of the Quincy Mine Hoist Association's efforts to restore and put on display the largest steam powered mine hoist ever manufactured. This hoist, located in the Quincy Mine, No. 2 shaft house and hoist house at Hancock, Michigan was manufactured by Nordberg Mfg. Co. in 1920. It weighs 790 long tons and occupies a 72 by 76 ft. hoist house which is entirely open to a height equal to that of a four story building. 'A cross compound steam engine, with two high-pressure and two low pressure cylinders on each side, respectively, is attached to the cranks of the drum. The drum is the cylinder conical type with a maximum diameter of 30 feet and a minimum diameter of 16 feet.'

No other details are provided on the engine, but the picture indicates it to be of the Corliss type. The cylinders of which are placed at right angles to one another much like the legs of the letter 'A'. I could not see in the picture, all the cylinders spoken about in the article, but I must say it was very interesting.

The restoration cost has been initially estimated at $76,000. It is expected that the project will be completed and open to the public by June 1966.

The President of the Quincy Mine Hoist Association is Victor A. Kral.