92 years ago, July 14
“...Although this was the beginning of July there still were patches of snow here and there on the big bog to the west. Because of the wetness underfoot, the muggy atmosphere, and thick swarms of black flies which made it difficult to see the pickets through the telescope, work was almost unbearable. But our reward was to come soon. While finishing the survey of the anomaly a trench near the east electrode had disclosed promising lead-zinc mineralization. This location was appropriately named Black Fly. Then we searched for a favourable place to reach bedrock on the major indication in the centre of the square. The area here was flat and even, like the bottom of a dried-out lake, and appeared easy to get through. Just below the surface bright yellow and red clay with a few boulders of lead-zinc carbonate was encountered. The bedrock, about 2 or 3 feet down, was massive lead-zinc mineralization. Throughout the night my assistant and I kept on digging, sometimes with our bare hands, convinced that our indication was going to make mining history by the discovery of this large lead-zinc deposit. During the night my assistant, Hjortzberg-Norlund, said in his broken English “This is sure a luck find”. Williams corrected him, “not a lucky find, but a lucky strike”. The name Lucky Strike has remained with the mine ever since.”
— Hans T. Lundberg, Geophysicist, Swedish American Prospecting Corporation.
Source: “Mining History of the Buchans Area’, by the late George Neary and appears in the 2007, third edition of “Hardrock Miners of Buchans”. Copies of the book still available for purchase.