HANCOCK - Damage caused recently at one of the Quincy Mine shafts will not only be expensive to repair, it was also extremely dangerous to those who did the damage, according to Glenda Bierman.
Bierman, who is manger of the Quincy Mine Hoist Association, owners of the mine and its shafts, said the company's maintenance person found the damage to the shaft No. 8 on Paavola Road, just off U.S. 41. The site is also called Mesnard Location. Someone had lifted a corrugated metal cover over the shaft opening.
"People come on site and dig holes looking for minerals," she said.
Photo provided by Glenda Bierman/Quincy Mine Hoist Association
This photograph shows where unknown people were digging, probably for minerals, on the property of the Quincy Mine Hoist Association mine shaft No. 8 on Paavola Road. Someone also damaged a cover on the shaft itself.
The maintenance person saw two people with digging equipment near the shaft at about 6:30 p.m. April 30, Bierman said.
Bierman said not only are the Quincy mine shafts private property, they are historically significant, and vandalism destroys some of that significance.
The shafts are thousands of feet deep, also, and most of them have hundreds of feet of water in them, Bierman said.
"They're putting themselves in danger," she said. "Anybody who would fall there would fall a great distance."
It's unknown for certain what the inside of the mine shafts are like, now, Bierman said.
"We don't know how stable the environment is underground," she said. "It's extremely dangerous."
Bierman said a contractor has been hired to recover the shaft opening, either today or tomorrow.
The Quincy Mine Hoist Association will prosecute anyone found trespassing on their property, Bierman said. Anyone with information about the recent vandalism is asked to call the QMHA office at 482-5569 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., or the Michigan State Police Calumet post at 337-5145.