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Great Northern Railway yards with arrow pointing to the Silver Grille Cafe aerial photograph, Williston, N.D.
Great Northern Railway yards with arrow pointing to the Silver Grille Cafe aerial photograph, Williston, N.D.
TitleGreat Northern Railway yards with arrow pointing to the Silver Grille Cafe aerial photograph, Williston, N.D.
Date of Original1948?
CreatorShemorry, Bill, 1914-2004
Creator RolePhotographer
DescriptionThis aerial view of the Great Northern Railway yards in Williston shows the roundhouse and turntable as well as other units of the division headquarters. By the time this photo was taken, during the late 1940s, coal-fired locomotives had been modernized to use oil and the coal tipple had been replaced by the fuel oil tanks. The arrow points to the Main Street location of the Silver Grille Cafe.
General SubjectBusiness & Industry
Aerials
Subject (LCTGM)Aerial photographs
Railroads
Railroad stations
Railroad shops & yards
Railroad tracks
Cafes
Cities & towns
Organization NameGreat Northern Railway Company (U.S.)
Silver Grille (Williston, N.D.)
LocationWilliston (N.D.)
Decade1940-1949
Item Number1-18-15-25
Format of OriginalPhotographic prints
Dimensions of Original8 x 10 in.
Publisher of OriginalShemorry, William E. (Bill)
Place of PublicationWilliston, N.D.
NotesTitle created by staff.
Biography/HistoryWilliam E. "Bill" Shemorry was a native of Williston, N.D. who began work in the newspaper industry as a newsboy selling the Williston Herald and the Williams County Farmers Press. In 1953, he started to publish the Williston Plains Reporter, which he operated for 25 years before selling to the Williston Herald. Shemorry then began to concentrate on his own writing and photography. In addition to writing many books on the history of Williams County, he also collected photographs of early North Dakota photographers. Shemorry was an active member of the Williston Fire Department, was Civil Defense Chief of Williams County for three years in the 1950's, and was a combat photographer in World War II. Shemorry's photograph of the discovery of oil in North Dakota on April 4, 1951 at the Clarence Iverson No. 1 is one of the most famous oil photographs ever taken, and was published in many national publications.
Bibliographic ReferencePhotograph appears in Shemorry's book: Best of the Best Little Stories of the Twentieth Century, p. 147.
Repository InstitutionState Historical Society of North Dakota
Repository CollectionWilliam E. (Bill) Shemorry Photograph Collection Mss 10958
Credit LineState Historical Society of North Dakota, William E. (Bill) Shemorry Photograph Collection (1-18-15-25)
Rights ManagementPermission to reproduce this image must be requested from the State Historical Society of North Dakota.
Ordering InformationTo order a reproduction, inquire about the collection, or provide information about an image, please email Emily E. Schultz at eschultz@nd.gov
Digital IDws1181525
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