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Lewis and Clark Bridge construction, Williston, N.D.
Lewis and Clark Bridge construction, Williston, N.D.
TitleLewis and Clark Bridge construction, Williston, N.D.
Date of Original1926
DescriptionA Great Northern rail car is parked on the tracks at the site where the Lewis and Clark Bridge is being constructed. Lumber and building equipment is visible in the foreground of the photograph, and two railroad workers are visible among the lumber piles. A Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Co. crane is operating in the foreground of the photograph, as two workers supervise, seven and one half miles southwest of Williston, N.D.
General SubjectTransportation
Business & Industry
Subject (LCTGM)Bridges
Railroad cars
Railroad construction workers
Railroad construction & maintenance
Railroad employees
Railroad facilities
Railroad rails
Railroad tracks
Railroad ties
Railroad cars
Hoisting machinery
Organization NameGreat Northern Railway Company (U.S.)
Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Co. (Leavenworth, K.S.)
LocationWilliston (N.D.)
Item Number1-75A-3-2
Negative Number1-75A-3-2
Format of OriginalGlass negatives
Dimensions of Original2 x 3 in.
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.
"The Lewis & Clark Bridge, seven and one-half miles southwest of Williston, served as a safe and dependable crossing of 'The Great Divider' from 1927 until late 1973 when a new-style, much wider bridge was completed and put into service."
Bibliographic ReferenceQuotation about the Lewis & Clark Bridge derived from Shemorry's book: Photo 100: Nostalgic Highlights of a Century, p. 89.
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 (1-75A-3-2)
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
Digital IDws175A32
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