Boart Longyear is celebrating its 125th anniversary, marking the occasion by announcing a historic timeline and collection of company artefacts dating back to the late 1800s.
The showcase will be featured at the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum in the US.
“We are very proud to celebrate our anniversary this year,” said Kent Hoots, senior vice president of Boart Longyear, stated.
“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.
A large number of historic pieces on display will be permanently donated to the museum.
These include 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.
Several personal items belonging to company founder Edmund J. Longyear’s eldest son, Robert Longyear, who took over the family business in 1923, will also be 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.