92 years ago, July 14

Advertiser (Grand Falls) - - Regional -

“...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.

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