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Edmund Longyear

Title: Log of the First Hole Drilled on the Mesabi
Type: Document
Date: 1889
Source: Minnesota Historical Society

Description: Longyear kept a log describing the drilling of the first hole on the Mesabi range. This log can show us the process of testing for ore and the amount of time that was needed.
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Log of the First Hole Drilled on the Mesabi

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  1. Why do you think it might have been important to Longyear to keep a log like this?



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  2. What other procedures (according to the log) did Longyear have to go through before he could actually drill on the site?



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  3. When the standpipe became stuck and could not go much farther, what did Longyear have to do in order to continue?



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  4. What in this log suggests to us that he could have been drilling around the clock at some points? Why might he do this?



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