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Boart Longyear Marks 125th Anniversary With Historic Display at The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum

Boart Longyear the world’s leading provider of integrated drilling services and drilling products, is proud to recognize its 125th anniversary today, marking the occasion by announcing a historic timeline and collection of Longyear and Boart Longyear artifacts dating back to the late 1800s will feature at the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum in Leadville, Colorado, USA.

“We are very proud to celebrate Boart Longyear’s 125th anniversary this year,” said Kent Hoots, senior vice president of Boart Longyear. “The display and historic pieces are proof of the long and respected legacy of quality and innovation that Edmund J. Longyear started in 1890 and that we maintain today. “Our 125th anniversary is dedicated to the people who built – and continue to build – this fine company. That’s why we want to make sure our history is properly preserved and on display for people to enjoy.”

 All but a few of the historic pieces on display have been permanently donated to the museum. Among those on loan for the summer is Longyear’s first-ever drilling services contract, dated May 19, 1891. The handwritten contract was with Mallmann Iron Mining Company and included sinking diamond drill holes in the Mesabi Iron Range of Minnesota.

 Included in the permanent collection of donated pieces is an original San Francisco Chronicle newspaper story entitled “The World’s Greatest Span,” dated October 5, 1930. The article features a photo of a Longyear drilling crew working over the blustery waters of San Francisco Bay as they worked to determine the exact nature of rock formations that would bear the weight of the proposed Golden Gate Bridge.

 Several personal items formerly belonging to company founder Edmund J. Longyear’s eldest son, Robert Longyear, who took over the family business in 1923, can also be seen on permanent display. They include Robert Longyear’s Hartwell Hickory handle Jewel brand prospecting rock hammer and his diary, dated 1942 to 1957, in which he kept important information about the 16 mines where Longyear either had drilling contracts or land lease interests at the time.

 Several catalogs and marketing books used to showcase Longyear’s drilling products and services during the early 1900s are also featured in the collection. These pieces and more are on display at the museum. Past and present Boart Longyear employees are able to gain free entry to the exhibition this year.

 “We are thrilled that Boart Longyear has donated this collection to the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum so that it can be enjoyed by the thousands of people that visit the museum each year, and in order to preserve these wonderful pieces of mining history,” said Sarah Saxe, curator of the museum.

 
 
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