Discovery of Black Gold
of Leduc during this time was approximately 1,000 citizens. The town had only a
few amenities, such as a town hall, a fire engine, an outdoor curling rink, a
baseball field and the Waldorf hotel.
The drilling crew for
Leduc No. 1, consisting of Vern Hunter and his wildcat
crew of four drillers and 28 "roughnecks,"
who handled a variety of
jobs around the rig, arrived in Leduc in November 1946. The citizens of Leduc
were less than thrilled with the arrival of the drilling crew and specifically,
the "roughnecks," who had a reputation for rowdiness.