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Alkali Flats, Badlands, N.D.
Alkali Flats, Badlands, N.D.
TitleAlkali Flats, Badlands, N.D.
Date of Original191-?
DescriptionA distant view of the Alkali Flats, Badlands, N.D.
General SubjectLandmarks
Historic sites
Subject (LCTGM)Hills
LocationBadlands (N.D.)
Item Number1-6-18-7
Negative Number1-6-18-7
Format of OriginalPostcards
Dimensions of Original4 x 6 in.
Transcription"Alkali Flats-Bad-Lands North Dakota"--Printed on front of postcard
"Hello Mabel: why don't you answer my letter Teddles Miss Mabel Greengard Williston N.D."--Handwritten on back of postcard
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 ReferenceDate derived from postal stamp which was posted from Tioga on July 2, 1912 at 4 p.m.
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 (1-6-18-7)
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 IDws16187
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